Clark, Alaina release new music
Friday, March 6, 2020
– Brandy Clark and Lauren Alaina are out with new music today.
Clark is releasing "Your Life is a Record ," her third full length and first since "Big Day in a Small Town" in 2016. Clark did the album with Eric Church producer Jay Joyce. The Memphis Strings & Horns helped out to create a soulful sound. Clark's songs have been recorded by Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, and Kacey Musgraves.
Alaina dropped an EP, "Getting Good." The six-song release includes the title track, "Ladies In The 90s" and a song she wrote for her stepfather who died following a battle with Stage IV cancer called "The Other Side." The other songs are "In My Veins," "Somebody Else's Problem" and "Country In Me."
Lauren Alaina made her national name on American Idol (placing second to Scotty McCreery). But she really seems best fitted for "The X Factor." There's something elusively compelling in how the Georgian's positive, eager attitude shines through, even in small doses. It was on full display when she appeared in a 2020 Thanksgiving halftime concert for the NFL. Alaina was only on stage a minute at most. But she elevated the duet with Kane Brown with those high-octane octaves, then ...
Whenever Brandy Clark's "Your Life is a Record" is described as the work of a smart, female singer/songwriter - an inevitable characterization - you may immediately picture 11 sophisticated pop songs. And make no mistake about it; this music is sophisticated - sophisticated enough, in fact, to attract pop songwriter extraordinaire Randy Newman for a duet on "Bigger Boat." Surprisingly, though, much of the music contained within is also more organic than one might have ...
Lauren Alaina's "Getting Good" may not measure up to a traditionalist's high standards, but as a pop-country compromise, it's pretty darn good. Whether it's the fiddle running through the proving-I'm-country "In My Veins," or the banjo underpinning "Somebody Else's Problem," Alaina puts just enough country in these six songs to consistently touch twangy pleasure centers.
"Getting Good" is the EP's best song. ...