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Kelsea Ballerini : ballerini Review

Kelsea Ballerini : ballerini Review

Kelsea-Ballerini-cdKelsea Ballerini is a vocalist, songwriter, and performer who, in 2019, became the only female country artist to achieve three consecutive #1 songs from a debut album. Miss Me More had five number ones, and when the album went platinum, the Grand Ole Opry welcomed her as their youngest current member. She also garnered two GRAMMY® Award nominations, won two ACM Awards, and took home the iHeartRadio Music Awards honor for “Best New Artist.” Ballerini’s latest album, ballerini, is 13 songs of her most authentically, self-aware lyric writing to date. Writing or co-writing all of the songs on the record, and the writing credits, in her words, are “pretty RAD.” In addition to Nashville royalty Shane Macanally, Hillary Lindsay, and Ashley Gorley, she wrote with Ed Sheeran (“love & hate”), Tayla Parx (“overshare”), and Julia Michaels (“needy”). This is the first time Ballerini has been in the producer’s chair throughout the project, co-producing each track. Ballerini is a stripped-down version of kelsea with the same track-list.

Ballerini explores the depth of her song’s lyrics; for example, the fun-loving “Club” is given a more introspective meaning and musical setting. The lyrics and theme still sing strong with Ballerini’s voice capturing the new mood’s emotion and subtlety. The piano supports her tender singing and harmonies. Synth sounds float in to fill the space. Ballerini is a master in pop-country.

“Love me like a girl” is Ballerini showing her traditional country roots. With a soft guitar accompanying her, her vocals soar through the melody and touching storyline. Her vocal sound is impressive, and the stripped-down version of the song really places the focus on her beautiful voice and delivery.

Ballerini strikes an elusive balance of country, pop, and soft-rock acoustic music on ballerina. Each song’s power is stunning when both albums are listened to, and that is a testament to the songwriting and singing. Get this one.


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September 2, 2020


Black River Entertainment

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A fan of music my entire life. Should that be enough, well it is for me. Who buys music, the fans. Who listens to music, the fans. Like me, there are many like-minded individuals that daily search for meaningful and new music to add to their playlist, their soundtrack of life. A life without music would Bb. Yes, I have seen that saying floating around for years, and truth is, its #truth. So, may I introduce you to Shannon Smith (me). I am the editor. A music junkie that can’t get enough music in my life. A nerd (proudly), with some mad love for technology and design. It is that desire that sparked Sound in Review. Life is busy, the reviews are meant to ultimately introduce and briefly talk about the music. We have a section called SIR Quote: this is my way of saying thank you, to the countless artists making the world a place of expression. Show yours by rating each artists album, just as we have (collectively as writers), to show your support for your favorite artist.
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