Readers of this blog know I am a feminist — very supportive of movements such as Let the Girls Play, and someone who is very happy with Kelsea Ballerini's chart performance and Maddie & Tae's record sales certifications. Yet I am also supportive of RaeLynn, the "other" female artist whose single came out at the same time as Kelsea Ballerini and Maddie & Tae. And after reading one too many articles singing the praises of the latter while using their success and ironically, even feminism to tear down RaeLynn, I'm here to explain why.
March seems to be looking like the month of mediocre pop. There have been quite a few debut singles, which on the whole tend to be more commercially targeted than subsequent singles or non-single tracks, so that could explain it.
I recently saw Lori McKenna in concert when she was promoting her latest album, Numbered Doors, and since I bought a signed copy of her album and talked to her, I figured I'd review her album on my blog. I've previously reviewed songs she's written with other artists on this blog, such as RaeLynn's God Made Girls and Caitlyn Smith's Everything to You and Grown Woman. She, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey make up a songwriting trio called the Love Junkies. Her own album is much less produced, but maintains the beautiful lyrics and music I've come to expect from songs co-written by her. Also, this album makes me cry. And it takes a lot to make me cry over music, for the record.
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.
God Made Girls - RaeLynn
I have to say, the fact that RaeLynn actually co-wrote this song is quite the bonus. Add how it's co-written with Liz Rose (who's worked with Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood etc) and Nicolle Gaylon (who co-wrote both Miranda Lambert's Automatic and her "We Were Us" duet with Keith Urban), and it's sure to be a country hit. Which it is. The layered vocals at various points in the song are especially well done.
(Review of RaeLynn's Me EP)
Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
This new song is one that can easily be replayed without me getting sick of it. It's hit the top 10 again, which really isn't any surprise. The more EDM-ish direction is a change, but not so much of one that it's unprecedented or alienating of her previous fanbase.
(Review of Ariana Grande's My Everything)
Magic - Tiffany Alvord
Magic is the second single off Tiffany Alvord's third album, and it certainly highlights the more produced sound that she's promised for a few songs on it. I'm not sure how much of a fan I am of the particular song, and it's not really my style, but Tiffany's voice shines like always.
(Review of Tiffany Alvord's Legacy)
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