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.
It's been five years since Laura Bell Bundy released her last album, and after many delays, the wait is finally over . Another Piece of Me is released on Big Machine Records, the same label group that houses Taylor Swift and Maddie & Tae. Another Piece of Me is well worth the wait (it was second place in the most anticipated summer albums poll on this blog), with excellent tracks written by Laura Bell Bundy herself, as well as almost all the well known country songwriters you can think of. Seriously. Name one, and that person probably worked on her album.
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.
Piece by Piece is Kelly Clarkson's first album of only original songs since Stronger in 2011, which had Billboard-top 10 singles Mr. Know It All and Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You). It's also the last American Idol contractually obligated album for her. The lead single, Heartbeat Song, didn't do nearly as well as many of her other singles, lead or not. So, the stakes are high.
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.
Sam Hunt is one of the three male country solo artists — along with Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery — who I will voluntarily purchase an album from and enjoy. As a whole, males in country music tend to resort to clichés, asking a girl to come up in their truck and ride. Few manage to escape this mold and actually write music that is worth listening to. But as an artist who is opening for Lady Antebellum on their Wheels Up tour and who writes with songwriters such as Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, it's safe to say he has.
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.
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