2015 Mini-Reviews part 2, featuring Ashley Monroe, Halsey, Ellie Goulding and Alex G. (see Part 1 here).
Lots of amazing songs were released this summer, and some that were....less than amazing. This singles rundown will cover, essentially, the ones I have the most to say about, because due to my fall schedule I have less time for this blog. Sorry!
Katelyn Tarver - Nobody Like You With this catchy, sarcastic gem of a song I can say with utmost confidence that Katelyn Tarver is back. I didn't enjoy Weekend Millionaires very much, but this track is excellent, and perfect for summer, with clever, catchy lyrics and complementary production. It's vaguely reminiscent in theme of A Little More Free, the title track off her 2011 EP, but different in nearly all other aspects, making it stand out. Now when is this album coming?
Striking Matches (Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis) have written some of the best songs on the soundtrack of ABC’s Nashville, When The Right One Comes Along and Hanging on a Lie (performed by Clare Bowen and Hayden Panettiere on the show respectively). Now, they’re finally releasing their long-anticipated album, and their own version of Hanging On a Lie. Their melodies, amazing guitar playing and songwriting skills combine to a great album, but Justin Davis's singing is occasionally unclear.
This album was released a few years ago, which generally goes against my review policy, but I'm making an exception because it just came out on Spotify, and I've very recently discovered her music and fallen in love with quite a few of the songs. (Also, shh, this is my blog. I can post whatever I want. Don't question the webmaster.)
Under the cut: Country singles, reviews of All That by Carly Rae Jepsen, Photograph by Ed Sheeran, Weekend Millionaires by Katelyn Tarver and Unbreakable Smile by Tori Kelly.
Out of the long list of actresses who have tried their hand at singing and songwriting, there are few who have actually established themselves as respected for their singing and songwriting alone. With her debut album, 15 year old (!) Sabrina Carpenter shows that she's well on the way to becoming one of those few. The album seems to contradict itself at points, presenting Sabrina from both an "I was born an old soul" and an "I'm young and I'm dumb, I do stupid things when it comes to love" point of view, which can come across pretty contradictory at points. The tracks that are more personal to Sabrina and are written by her are the best parts of the album, and are hopefully best indicative of the direction she'll be taking with her music in the future.
Katrina Stone is one-half of the Americana/singer-songwriter group The Likes of Us along with Benj Heard. She's created a lot of music on her own, too, and is frequently featured on the music-sharing site Noisetrade. I didn't really follow her solo career, but when I received a newsletter about her new project, I thought I should check it out. Generally, I've found her songwriting to be hit-or-miss, but this project is certainly a hit.
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.
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 didn't end up posting any singles rundowns between August and October, so I figure that it'd be a good idea to compile a bunch of the singles released recently for more posts. In this post: Sheppard, lots of Meghan Trainor, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, etc.
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