Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Ashley Monroe - The Blade, album review

Enough is Enough

A little bit of drawl, a little tremolo, pop inflections, clarity over affectation [opener On to Something Good], generic Country themes and metaphor [I Buried Your Love Alive], tight harmonies, rising chorus, pedal steel [Bombshell], strong production [Weight of the Load].

This is New Country in its polish and perfection, that pop sensibility shaping it to airwaves over adventurous allusion and abstraction – anathema to Country, I know, but reinforcing its simple preoccupations – and if this is easy enough listening for you, than this is for you. I am happy enough myself with its genuine grasp of the steady ground, safe in the honesty of its shine. 

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