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Every single song can be a future single.
Best Days Of Your Life is absolutely incredible and One Last Time will definitely bring tears to your eyes: it's this album's "I Wonder", even though it deals with a different subject.
I also love Rocks Instead of Rice, it's REALLY funny. hahaha
Kelile's vocals sound more powerful and ethereal than on her first effort, and the lyrics are more mature.
I wasn't expecting such a perfectly produced and put together CD.
I'm dead serious: BUY IT NOW!
Arguably, other (pop)country singers (Shania, Martina McBride, etc.) would've pushed for some of these songs to sound larger than what they are, with more instrumental or a large orchestra backing, but, thankfully, Pickler -- on just her second CD -- justs lets the music be the music. Her voice sounds beautiful tagging along for this wonderful ride. She sounds more & more like the girl-next-door who deserves to be that and so much more. (NOTE: my notes are on the 'Deluxe Edition' I purchased from iTunes ... and I strongly recommend you get your hands on that version no matter where you can buy it!)
Happy (3/5): A song too melancholy to ever be perfectly 'happy.' Great sentiments, just doesn't sound all that happy.
Don't Close Your Eyes: (5/5) a perfectly traditional Country/Western ballad that brings Kellie's subdued voice brilliantly to the front in a big Country way. A musical wish to rediscover love with your lover.
Anything But Me (4/5): a great toe-tapper celebrating the self despite a title that says it's not.
Going Out of Style (5/5!!!!!!): the kind of stuff that country-crossover artists used to flood the pop airwaves with, this track would be a great introduction to Pickler for those in the audience who've never heard her before.Read more ›
And I'd kick that lying sack of shoulda-known-better in the you-know-where"
(lyrics from "Rocks Instead of Rice")
This is a solid second album from Kellie Pickler, the sixth place finisher on American Idol Season Five. The track list points the way to a very personal album which explores the time-honored country theme of broken hearts.
The songs to watch are "Best Days of Your Life", "Rocks Instead of Rice", "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again", "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" and "Lucky Girl". This album also firmly establishes Pickler as a songwriter, especially on the humorous songs, and she is credited on five of the ten tracks.
First single "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" is a song with a positive message, advising women to accept themselves for who they are, instead of comparing themselves to others and putting themselves down. Then comes "I'm Your Woman", a personal shout-out by a confident woman, and a nice upbeat song.
"Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You" is a classic break-up song with plenty of hurtin' (re-recorded version from Small Town Girl), and "Lucky Girl" expands on the same theme.
"Did you tell her she's your second choice
'cause I wouldn't be your little toy"
"One Last Time" is a slow ballad which starts off like "Total Eclipse of the Heart", and once again, it's about breaking up, and then comes the upbeat "Best Days of Your Life" (co-written by Pickler and Taylor Swift), which is about ..... you guessed it!
"Somebody to Love Me" deals with loneliness, and then unexpectedly the mood changes with the bouncy "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again" about a new beginning.Read more ›
At the same time, the album fuses two years of musical maturity -- hundreds of concerts and sessions with Nashville's best song writers -- with the work of a hand-picked producer who brings out Kellie's best.
All this adds up to a rich, well-rounded album that gives us more insight into Kellie Pickler than ever before.
I love all the tracks, but my personal favorites are:
"Best Days of Your Life" -- Kellie lets an ex-boyfriend know he peaked when he dated her. Co-written with Taylor Swift, who sings background vocals, this tune shows breakout potential.
"One Last Time" -- One of three great ballads on the album. A relationship is too draining to continue, but a last spark of desire remains.
"Lucky Girl" -- Smokin' hot and perfectly arranged. From now on, when you hear "sexy country siren," this is the song you'll hear in your head.
"Going Out In Style" -- An over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek intro kicks off this lively, humorous tribute to excessive consumption.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
NOT MANY WORD FOR KELLY.........She has come a long way and is a great person and Love her music. Very happy for her live.Published 19 months ago by Janice
This is a good album, this is her first cd and where it all started for her. This is a worth having and listening to her voice is great.Published on May 2, 2014 by Chris H.
Kellie Pickler is one of those young ladies that you cannot help but love. Not only is she cute and sweet, she certainly has a voice to go with it.Published on February 16, 2014 by JOSEPH JEDLICKA