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The Band Perry
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2010
This band just floored me. I mean they are absolutely jaw-dropping, consciousness-changing awesome. When I first heard "If I Die Young" I was driving to work and had to stop to compose myself - me, who scored 17 out of 80 on the empathy test. Still can't hear it without welling up.
And there's not a bad track here. Wonderful, poetic lyrics with sometimes startlingly fresh images, and yet not a four letter word to be found - are you listening, Katy Perry, etc.? "You lie like a penny in the parking lot at the grocery store", "I'm as green as the ring on my little cold finger", "Walk me by the Ferris wheel and make sure that she sees", "When I first laid eyes on you/well, the night just felt so odd/You looked at me and the stars lined up/so I thought I'd heard from God" - I could go on. Funny, sassy, thought-provoking, touching words. Kimberly has, simply, an angel's voice and flawless phrasing. They have the kind of harmonies you can only get with family. All with just-right instrumentals and appropriately driving rhythms.
Most of us have to work and practice, practice, practice to make good music. These Perrys seem to be the other sort, who have music in their DNA, or in the water. They just get it somehow. I'm glad they chose to share with the rest of us.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2010
If you're tired of the same ol' country sound, you need look no further than The Band Perry to find something new. The sibling trio brings a freshness to the country music scene that I haven't truly appreciated since I first heard Jamey Johnson and Miranda Lambert. Simply put this is an incredible example of original music. The strongest track is by far one of the most sad songs released in several years. If "If I Die Young" doesn't give you goose bumps, you should probably check your pulse. It's heartwrenching. Listening to this CD will most likely make you cry, laugh and dance. To me, that's a CD worth buying! I believe The Band Perry will be around for a very long time.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2010
The Band Perry
Wow. Wow. Wow. Just wow. I haven't been this excited about a new artist for several years. I rarely buy CD's anymore because of a (usually) inferior product at an inflated price. The record companies killed the CD because of their greed and mismanagement, but I digress. This is one of those rare CD's that amazes you from the beginning of track one until the end of the final track. It has happy songs and sad songs. The creativity, talent, vocal harmony, and instrumentation of this band should mean that they will be around a good long time. I thought it was ironic that their dad's name is the same as the vocalist for one of the greatest bands of the 80's: Steve Perry, meaning that that should be a harbinger of good things to come. Looking forward to their next CD already. 'If I Die Young', though I love the song, is hard to listen to, having lost my 20 year old stepdaughter to a car wreck back in May. The sharp knife of a short life, indeed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
This is a really good debut for their first time out. I admit I was wary of them at first, but then I got to listening to the lyrics of their current single, "When I Die Young," and I was honestly touched. After buying the album, none of them really live up to the amazing lyrical value of that song, but every one on here is enjoyable in its own right. Another big favorite of mine that's featured here is the song, "You Lie." I definitely believe this group is gonna do amazing things with country music in the future; one of the reasons I say this is the lead singer, Kimberley Perry, wrote "When I Die Young" without additional songwriters. That shows a lot of promise, because that song is so strong just by itself. Another reason I say this is because her vocal stylings show a lot of promise. She's kind of got an old school bluegrass soul vibe to her sound, almost like a young Alison Krauss or Trisha Yearwood. Buy this one, especially if you're a fan of country music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
Bottom-Line: "The Band Perry" is yet another example of the Nashville hit machine, some are hits, some are misses, but all represent fresh new voices from the heartland.

I am falling in love with the XM Satellite Radio installed my 2008 Cadillac CTS. One of the reason I very seldom listen to commercial radio is well, the commercial part! Far too many advertisements for my taste; I just start enjoying the music and sorry time for a long, long series of commercials! And so the search for music begins.

Not so with XM Satellite Radio. Sure there are occasional announcement, but they have nothing at all to do with pitching stuff I do not need, want, or want to hear about; it's just music and not the same looped play lists now common on the conglomerate commercial broadcast radio stations . It's on XM Satellite Radio that I first heard If I Die Young from a fresh new group out of Nashville, "The Band Perry." I like the track so much that I reserved the CD at the local library and so far I like very much what I am hearing.

"The Band Perry" is Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano) and her two brothers: Reid Perry (bass guitar, background vocals) and Neil Perry (mandolin, drums, accordion, background vocals). The trio was signed by Republic Nashville in August 2009. The group's debut and self-titled CD, "The Band Perry", was released in October 2010 and has so far spawned two singles: track No. 2 Hip to My Heart and track No. 3 If I Die Young, the latter of which reached number one on the Hot Country Songs charts and has rightly been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Single.

The voice of The Band Perry is Kimberly Perry whose vocal style is a refreshing mixture of country twang and innocence, but it still needs some maturity in order to truly move the listener to emotion. Unlike other C&W groups, "The Band Perry" strength does not lay in rich three-part harmonizing, indeed there is scare any; the trio's strong suit is the song writing and sharp, polished instrumentation.

My favorite track on "The Band Perry" CD is track No.3 If I Die Young written by lead singer Kimberly Perry. The track is a melancholy, but engaging song that is wonderfully simple and beautifully rendered. I love the interplay of Ms. Perry's vocals and the fiddle throughout. They are joined by the quintessential C&W instruments, the (sometimes) dueling banjos; the effect is akin to floating on a very relaxing body of water free of care...

The rest of the CD is a mixture of fast and slow tracks but it on the slower more soulful track that "The Band Perry" really finds its grove. Track No. 4 All of Your Life, track No. 7 Postcards From Paris, track No. 8 Walk Me Down The Middle, track No. 9 Independence, and track No.11 Lasso are all examples of the best the CD has to offer.

"The Band Perry" is yet another example of the Nashville hit machine, some are hits, some are misses, but all represent fresh new voices from the heartland. "The Band Perry" and their self-title CD are a hit in my musical book. To be sure Kimberly's vocal acumen needs polish, and the harmonizing some work, but the over-all I enjoyed The Band Perry's fresh engaging style and I like that they play instruments and wrote, or co-wrote most of the tracks on the CD. Needless to say, I'll step up for round two.

One question though: what is what with the brothers haircuts?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2010
Saw The Band Perry back in Sept, they are just awesome couldn't wait for the cd to come out my girls love them, they are so down to earth (girls even got to take pictures with them) so cool they will love it when they are older and can say they met them. This band will still be around then I'm sure of it. Awesome cd though every song is addictive. Going to wear it out in the first 2 weeks lol
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
After discovering the video on Youtube, IF I DIE YOUNG I wasn't sure if I liked the song or not, let alone Kimberly's' voice. The next time it popped up, I was drawn to it and gave it another try. And another, and another, and before long I decided I really liked it, along with Kimberly's unique voice. Not able to get enough of this great song, I just had to purchase it from itunes.

I later started watching/listening to HIP TO MY HEART, and once again wasn't too sure what I thought about it. This time it didn't take me long to decided I like it, too. Only problem was, I couldn't seem to get enough of it.

With a quick search, I discovered they were releasing a new CD in October. Okay, I'll wait to purchase another song off of itunes. Patience. Patience. I must say it was worth the wait. What a great CD. Love all the songs! Music and lyrics. I love everything about them.

Stop by my blog to hear more about the band, [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2011
This is a spectacular debut, some of the most honest, authentic, even grieving music I've heard in a while. Kimberly Perry even reminds me a little of Patty Loveless, my favorite country singer. The vocals, the lyrics, and the music add up to brilliant young artists. I'm more excited about them than any new artist in a long time.

The band walks the tightrope between melodic new country-pop and more traditional country and pull it off. "Hip to my Heart" is modern, "You Lie" reminds me of Miranda Lambert, and "If I Die Young" is unbelievable by artists so young. Kimberly is wailing and aching, yet comfortable in her range. It's the sincerity not the vocal prowess that makes this record. All the same though, I prefer her voice to Taylor Swift or Kellie Pickler.

While I relish their innocence, I can't wait for this band to mature as well. Kim will become more polished and add depth, and the brothers will tighten their sound also, maybe add more harmony. Also, while I can't get enough of the CD, I'll echo one reviewer on the brothers' haircuts. Is this some marketing attempt or do they really think that looking like David Cassidy during his Partridge family fame looks good?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2010
If you have a young person in your life, rush out and buy this CD. The Band Perry are my new favorites, and I'm 52. So cute! But not too cute... Check out "If I Die Young". They are just fabulous!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2011
Non-offensive lyrics and melodically pleasing. I actually find the first three songs that were used as singles to be more catchy than Taylor Swift's songs. The only song I don't like is "Lasso"--for whatever reason, it just feels way too slow. Anyways, it's the kind of album I can just enjoy while I'm working (and since "Lasso" is the last song, I just play the album in order and go back to the first song "You Lie" when I want to start again with the upbeat songs). I can even play it on speakers and not worry about suggestive lyrics (I mostly listen to pop songs).
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