Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Album Review: WildHorse by RaeLynn

She was 18 when she competed on The Voice in 2012, she's almost 23 now with her first album out.  Reading about her time in Nashville it sounds like she's been through quite a number of labels before getting this album out, but it also sounds like she stuck with her production and writing team and I would say smart on her.

I had never heard of RayLynn but thought when I listened to the album "well she doesn't have much of a voice, but if she's writing her songs she has some talent."  Funny to find out it was her voice that got her here.  Of course I've never seen The Voice, maybe they let people show their other talents like songwriting.  This album isn't perfect by any means, but it feels like a solid album of songs that all fit together and work well around her vocal talents.  As I've said on here before this is such an important piece of making a good album.  I think this especially true in country and R&B where the labels still hold so much control over artists.  So often as I've discussed they want them to work with a group of producers, produce a mix of different songs for different audiences, and you're left with an album that feels exactly like that and doesn't sound like a single coherent piece of art.

If she can come up with more songs like "Love Triangle" then she could really make a special album.  As it is you have a debut album from a young artist that has a very solid collection of country/ pop songs.  Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.

1 comment:

  1. this is an interesting point about country and r&b labels, and i look forward to exploring it more in Fourth Podcast.