Kellie Pickler is known for being a girl with a voice that’s country to the core. Her new album “100 proof” kicks off with the sassy, ‘Where’s Tammy Wynette’ and the very first line she drawls is “I stay torn between killing him and loving him”. Kellie is stating she knows who she is on this new album.
On “100 Proof” she’s moved from pop country princess to a country leading lady with a little extra country on top for good measure.
On tracks like ‘Unlock that Honky Tonk’ and ‘Tough’ there is a grit in her voice and the musicality that really suits her. The production on these songs is rockier and dirtier and it seems to release the tougher dimension in her voice.
She balances things nicely by showing her softer side, musically, if not lyrically, as the album progresses. ‘Stop Cheating On Me’ softens into a very traditional country sound, but sustains the straightforward heartbreak lyrics that are a defining mark of this album.
There are touches of Janis Ian on the plaintive ‘Long As I Never See You Again’, one of the 6 tracks on the album that Pickler co-wrote. ‘Turn on The Radio and Dance’ and “100 proof” are two of my personal favorites in terms of songwriting. Those two songs have emotive lyrics and wonderful up lifting choruses highlighted with classic Nashville harmonies and pedal steel guitar.
She sounds like she is really getting into in her stride on this album. This is who Kellie Pickler is and she sounds entirely comfortable, authentic and uncontrived on 100 Proof.
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