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.
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.
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.
Kelsea Ballerini is the new artist on the independent country label Black River Entertainment. Recently named one of CMT's "Next Women of Country" she has now released a self-titled EP before the release of her debut album next year. The EP is a mix of fun songs such as "Dibs" and songs that come from very personal experiences such as "First Time."
I am ridiculously late. I know this. The album was released on the 12th of August and it is almost December. *hangs head in shame* But I decided that late was better than never, especially considering how awesome the album is. (It's actually the second-most played album in my iTunes.) Anyway, I'm pretty sure it's one of my favorite albums ever, even if it's nothing like her previous releases. Did I mention that for a few days after its release I listened to literally nothing but it? For someone with ~2000 songs in my iTunes, that really means I'm obsessed.
Youtube star Megan Nicole has made a career for herself by releasing covers of all sorts of popular songs and also occasional singles on Radio Disney and other stations. This year, 2 after the release of B-E-A-Utiful, Megan Nicole is finally putting out a longer release after leaving Bad Boy Records. The EP is appropriately titled Escape, and represents a return to the "real Megan" as well as a lot of empowerment.
Maddie & Tae had a hit over the summer with "Girl in a Country Song", a diss to "bro-country". They received both a lot of praise and significant criticism from people who claimed that they should've worn more clothing in their music video (but, um, have you seen the videos and performances by other big country artists?) Florida Georgia Line also said that they didn't know a single girl who wouldn't want to be a girl in one of the popular country songs (ie, their songs). Well, first of all, that's one of the most egotistical statements I've heard in a while, and second of all, here are two.
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