Road Trip Review: “29: Written In Stone” – Carly Pearce

It’s nominated for CMA Album Of The Year, and I wanted to check it out!

Liz listened to this album as well, last weekend.  I’m a bigger “Carly fan” than Liz so I was interested in her thoughts, and when I asked, her response was “It’s definitely the album of a scorned woman.”  Truer words were never spoken!  There’s 15 songs on this record and by my count, 14 of them are about a woman that’s a little…ticked.

My first listen was on the plane with the Missouri Tigers headed to play Boston College, and my mind kept going to a Family Guy episode where Stewie (the sometimes evil baby) tweeted:

I feel like we should wait to hear Adele’s ex-boyfriend’s songs before we choose sides“. 😄

I sorta fell the same about this album and Michael Ray.  (And in case you missed that storyline…)

All that being said, I REALLY like this album…

  • It’s Country.  I’ve got nothing against poppy Country music, I like a lot of it too.  But I do like it when a young, attractive, up & comer keeps it a little more traditional.
  • Carly was a writer on all 15 songs.  Singing her own words seems to make it even more authentic and believable.  And her list of co-writers is pretty impressive too.  Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBryde, along with big-time Nashville female writers Ashley Gorely, Natalie Hemby, and Brandy Clark, among others.
  • There’s a lot of “clever” lyrics.
    • “Liablility” is “lie-ability”
    • “Diamondback” is ” you ain’t gonna get this diamond back.”
    • “Next Girl” is “…I know what happens next, girl.”
    • From “29” – From a Miss to Mrs. then the other way around, the year I was goin’ live it up, now I’m never going to live it down. I’m not usually a fan of this much cleverness in one sitting but for some reason here, I don’t tire of it.  Maybe it’s because of the aforementioned authenticity that I feel, that it doesn’t seem like she’s trying too hard to be clever.  To me it doesn’t at all feel or sound forced.Honestly I’m not usually a fan of this much cleverness in one sitting but for some reason here, I don’t tire of it.  Maybe it’s because of the aforementioned authenticity that I feel, that it doesn’t seem like she’s trying too hard to be clever.  To me it doesn’t at all feel or sound forced.

Here’s some other highlights for me:

  • Dear Miss Loretta” – A Kentucky girl, singing to and about a Kentucky legend, and it’s a duet with another Kentucky Powerhouse. (Patty Loveless)
  • Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – A duet with Ashley McBryde.  ‘Nuff said.
  • Show Me Around” – a beautiful tribute to producer busbee, and the only song on the album not about the guy and the breakup.
  • Day One” – still about the breakup, but an uplifting song about getting past it.

Love to hear what you think!

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