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Album Review: Maren Morris takes the pop route with “GIRL”

 

On March 8, country music artist, Maren Morris, released her second debut album, “GIRL.” Morris is a Grammy award-winning singer known for her popular singles like “I Could Use a Love Song” and “Rich.”

The 14-song soundtrack does a good job reflecting Morris’ confidence in her music as well as songs about equality and, of course, the standard love songs. The singer/songwriter’s music has always been of a mix of country and pop, but this album makes me believe Morris has her own Taylor Swift-esque movement on the way.

Though Morris started out in the country music scene with her single “My Church,” her music has gradually shifted towards a more pop vibe over the past few years, and she even collaborated with EDM DJ, Zedd, for “The Middle,” which was played heavily on pop radio stations across the nation.

With her new album “GIRL,” it is clear she is going toward making more pop music than country. Her recent single, “Girl,” kicks off the album, and I will say this is easily one of the best songs on the album and it works as an empowering song to women everywhere.

The country duo, Brothers Osborne was one of the few artists featured on the album, along with Brandi Carlile, and they appear on the song, “All My Favorite People,” a song about having a good time, partying and good friends.

This type of music is a very different sound for the duo and the song did not seem like the right one for the band to collaborate with Morris on, it just didn’t fit.

Another highlight on the album was “Common,” which features Carlile, and has powerful lyrics about the world and the inequality we face on a day-to-day basis. “Flavor” brings out the fierceness in Morris, in which she sings about the change in the sound of her music, and if you don’t like it, then don’t listen. “RSVP” is more of sexy, rated pg-13 soundtrack, which shows confidence Morris has in embracing being a woman.

All in all, this is definitely a pop album, not country, but I give props to Morris for sticking to her beliefs and showing us her confidence. And what would be an album without love songs?

Rating: 2/5

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