Morris releases sophomore effort
Friday, March 8, 2019
– Maren Morris is out with her sophomore effort, "GIRL." Morris once again tapped Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer busbee, who co-produced Morris' 2016 debut, "Hero," to co-produce 11 of the 14 songs with her, while also adding Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Greg Kurstin to produce three songs. Morris cuts a pop sound on the release.
John Anderson released "40 Years and Still Swingin'." The two-disc, 40-song release includes several previously unreleased tracks as well as new takes of his biggest hits, including "Seminole Wind," "Black Sheep," "Money in the Bank," "Straight Tequila Night," "Swingin,'" and "Wild and Blue."
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Maren Morris, who had a huge pop hit with "The Middle," is never going to be anybody's ideal traditional country singer. Although, thankfully, there isn't anything that mind-numbingly beat-driven on her "GIRL" album, this is a full-length that will likely appeal as much to Morris' pop fans, as her country followers.
The first great song, "A Song For Everything," addresses that mysterious intersection between one's favorite songs and significant life events. »»»
Maren Morris scored a hit out of the box with "My Church," the best of 11 songs on her major label full-length debut. The Texan infuses the song she wrote with uber producer busbee (he's worked with everyone from Keith Urban on "Ripcord" to 5 Seconds of Summer and Shakira and is one of three producers here including Morris) with mighty vocals powering a midtempo, soulful reading extolling the redemptive powers of playing music with the windows rolled down. »»»
After going the indie route in her native Texas, Maren Morris releases a five-song EP to serve as an intro for the hoped for masses. Morris, who has penned songs for Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson, starts off with the edgier sounding "My Church." With an easy-going pace, Morris is elastic with her words, puts a bit of twang and gospel feel into her delivery and sings with authority when she asks "Can I get a hallelujah?/Can I get an amen?" But her salvation is FM radio - »»»