Maren Morris is one of many up-and-coming female country singer-songwriters trying her hand at success in Nashville, but one of the few actually getting the success she deserves. She's written songs such as Kelly Clarkson's "Second Wind", and the music video for her debut single, "My Church", has over 2 million views on Youtube. Her first EP to come out on major outlets such as iTunes gives a taste of what's hopefully to come. There are several standout tracks, with the entire EP being written by well-known songwriters in addition to Morris herself.
This post is coming extremely late, because I'll admit, I was not as excited about reviewing this album as I hoped I would be. Kacey Musgraves proved herself as the country artist who is critical of country with her first Grammy-winning album Same Trailer Different Park, but despite the themes of the title track of Pageant Material, her sophomore album sees her reinventing herself as someone who more grudgingly accepts family and small towns as a part of her life than a country rebel, but still holding on to her cynicism. There are some standout tracks, as well as some tracks that are thematically, similar to her old music, but overall the album appears to be a transitional one, and is weighed down with ballads that are nowhere near as emotionally evocative as those on Same Trailer Different Park.
Only about a year after the release of Golden, Lady Antebellum released their new album, 747. This album, instead of being produced by Paul Worley, is produced by Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry.) Needless to say, it has a more upbeat sound, and feels more produced overall. It's a pretty cohesive album, with many gems, sticking to the memories theme they explored in Golden.
I'd say that RaeLynn came to my attention like everyone else, on the Voice, but that would be a lie. I was looking at my Tumblr dashboard (which I have been wasting too much time on lately) and saw an upload of her single God Made Girls reblogged by Megan & Liz. Initially my response was hesitant, wondering if the song was a girl anthem or sexist, but I came to the conclusion that it was the first — albeit not the kind of girl anthem you'd see on popular radio in anywhere but the South. And I liked the song (the co-writers recruited are brilliant). So I was looking up her radio tours. And basically fell in love.
We had to wait entirely too long for her EP, but it's finally here.
Miranda Lambert's fifth studio album is aptly titled Platinum, a collection of sixteen songs highlighting her sassy, as well as her softer side. She isn't scared to show vulnerability in songs such as "Bathroom Sink" and "Hard Staying Sober", displays a confident attitude in "Platinum", "Little Red Wagon" and "Girls", and dishes out wisdom in songs such as "Babies Makin' Babies", and "Gravity's A Bitch". Overall, it's a quite smoothly arranged album that shows many facets of her personality, and longtime fans will not be disappointed.
The followup to Hunter Hayes's debut album is called Storyline, and indeed it does tell a story. Like other reviews have said, this is not an album to put on shuffle. There's a reason for its name. It goes from the first-met-and-I-like-you feeling to when you start getting used to the person, but are still in love with them. Suddenly, the ground is ripped out from you and they're gone. You thought they loved you, guess you were wrong. The victorious track at the end of "Nothing Like Starting Over" captures that moment when you realize you don't care about them anymore — at least not enough to keep writing sad songs about them and holding onto something you're never going to get back. The album concludes with "Love Too Much", a ballad about how there's no such thing as caring too much, and that you regret nothing and wouldn't change any of the mistakes you made.
Lucy Hale is the latest in a long line of actress-turned-singers signed to Hollywood Records. Like many of her predecessors, she barely wrote the songs on her album. I liked the songs she'd performed live (well, 5 of them), however, and she came on stage at the CMAs to say that she was creating a country album, so I preordered the deluxe edition. Also, news boasted that the album contained co-writes from significant country producers and singer-songwriters, as well as Kacey Musgraves, so that made me interested.
It didn't quite measure up to my excitement, or all the hype either.
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