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.
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.
Meghan Trainor: One-hit-wonder. Or maybe not, considering that her debut album (if you don't consider her previous independent releases) peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Scratch that, definitely not. Overall, Title is enjoyable, notwithstanding the songs that seem to be on there with the sole purpose of crowd pleasing or applying to the most listeners possible. I especially enjoy seeing the songs that connect to country music, recruiting Nashville co-writers such as Brett James and Caitlyn Smith, and name-dropping the Bluebird Café.
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.
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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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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