One Direction has long been mocked as a band for their incredibly poppy releases such as "What Makes You Beautiful". In their past releases, however, they have been moving in a more mature direction, releasing songs such as "Story of My Life" and "Night Changes" as singles, and becoming more respected in the public eye. Their fourth album, appropriately titled FOUR, has more ballads than their previous releases and covers a wider range of topics.
Marla Morris is an independent country artist who I happened to find because she was featured on iTunes a while back. She's just released an excellent EP featuring co-writes from One Arm Train (frequent collaborators of Megan & Liz) Her EP has blues-ish influences, as well as country, of course, and I really can't understand why she's not signed yet.
Reviews of Fly by Maddie & Tae, Style by Taylor Swift, Talk by Against the Current, All the Way by Megan & Liz, Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson, Time Machine by Ingrid Michaelson and more.
I’m subscribed to Noisetrade’s newsletter, so I had the privilege of being able to listen to some tracks from Ruthie Collins' eponymous EP before it was officially released on iTunes. Everything in the songs was absolutely beautiful — the music, her voice, the lyrics. So of course when her EP actually came out on iTunes, I bought it. I've been playing the EP steadily since December, and still enjoy it. So needless to say, it passes the test of time — which happens to be one of the themes of the EP itself.
Caitlyn Smith is a well-established songwriter in the country music business, recording songs for artists such as Lady Antebellum, Danielle Bradbery, Lucy Hale and Cassadee Pope, as well as contributing to the soundtrack for the ABC drama Nashville. She's previously released independent EPs and albums, but her latest release, Everything to You, has rightfully been garnering much more attention.
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.
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Fountain Pen Girl Album Reviews is a blog writing track-by-track reviews of new popular and independent music with a focus on female artists. The main genres that are covered on this blog are pop, country, singer-songwriter and alternative music, focusing especially on independent artists and female country artists. Enjoy my blog!
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