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30 Second Reviews: Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means of course this review had to be focused on all the new love songs released! Whether you’re celebrating or mourning the day, a pop, outlaw, or traditional country music lover, there’s a song for you on this list. 

“Along The Way” – Allie Colleen
There is something extremely unique about Allie Colleen’s approach to music. In an arena where singers are all competing to sound alike, Colleen intentionally stands out. There is such a sweet quality to her voice and though overall composition fits in well with current mainstream country music, her instrumentation consistently feels like a nod to 90’s country. Her new single “Along the Way” is a refreshingly genuine reflection of modern dating in a world where we are constantly searching for both unending freedom and the comfort of the trappings of love. It’s almost as if Colleen has taken Kacey Musgrave’s “Space Cowboy” and turned it on its head to embrace emotional vulnerability and the fact that it’s ok to say I need you to our romantic counterparts while still being complete in ourselves. This is a standout as her second single and I can’t wait to hear an entire album from this talented young writer.

“Prince Charming” – Emily Miller
Emily Miller’s new single has all the right components for a singable pop-country song. Impressive vocals that harken back to the days of Martina, Trisha, and Reba belting “On My Own” coupled with pleasant melodies and sweet lyrics make for an insta-hit. Fitting that she’s released this on Valentine’s Day, Miller narrates everyone’s ideal love story in this song. 

“Keep Us Young” – Lockeland 
Lockeland has fun lyrics, but what I find to be the stand out quality for this band are their tight harmonies. It’s been a little while since we’ve had a group fit together so well as a trio. These guys rank up there with Zac Brown Band and Rascal Flatts in terms of musical integrity. Their Valentine’s release, “Keep Us Young” is simple and sweet with a focus on their technical ability; a smart move on their part. 

“I’ll Be the Sad Song” – Brandy Clark
I’m entirely convinced Brandy Clark can do no wrong. Clark effectively captures the divine suffering of what could have been in her newest single, “I’ll Be The Sad Song”. Reminiscing fondly on a broken hearted love affair, Clark croons “at least we had a song” and I’m positive everyone listening felt that in their bones. I would literally pay to hear Clark read the phone book. That’s all. Honorable mention goes to “Love Is a Fire” – out today.

“I’ll Still Love You” – Abby Anderson
This is undoubtedly the most country Abby Anderson has ever sounded, and she’s never sounded better. I find Anderson to be unapologetic and yet still gracious and I think she’s really refreshing as a young country artist.  This particular song feels like a nod to Trisha Yearwood’s “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway” in all the best ways. 

“Believe Me, Angela” – Whitney Rose
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been dumped. Raise your hand if you’ve ever been dumped for another woman. Raise your hand if you wanted to key her car but decided to let karma do its job instead while you went and keyed HIS car. If this has happened to you, listen to Whitney Rose’s “Believe Me, Angela” RIGHT NOW. But, maybe, hide the keys first in case it sparks some rage you didn’t know you were still holding on to. 

“Hungry Heart” – Lauren Jenkins
It’s Lauren Jenkins singing Bruce Springsteen. That’s it, that’s the review. What are you waiting for, go put this song on repeat.

To hear these songs and more, tune in to our Spotify Valentine’s Day Playlist!

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