Okay, this is it folks. This is the one that’s been anticipated since Reputation. Taylor is happy– so we’re holding out collective breath and praying that this isn’t going to be the Alanis story all over again. Lover has already given us three track that are beyond poppy and bouncy. The videos are full of color and light and we can run, play, skip and bop along to them all. It started with the infectious “ME!” with Brandon Urie that is adorable and, even in a way, smart. The two actually mesh together incredibly well, and the song is a perfect kick off to the introduction of yet another iteration of Taylor.
She followed this up with “You Need to Calm Down” which has become an LGBTQ theme as of late. It’s catchy as hell, of course, with a video chock full of cameos and celebrations of freedom. Regardless of your stance, taking a breath and chilling out may be completely vital to any situation. Taylor’s just giving downright good advice here.
The latest song released was “The Archer.” This was meant to just be a promotional single, not a full-on release, and wouldn’t have a video accompanying it. Instead, it’s released to show a different side of the album that maybe the casual fan wouldn’t expect. To me, this was a lot like “Out of the Woods,” where it’s a bit more understated, but is meant to live that way. Taylor is does a great job at balancing these kinds of songs together in her album collections and I can’t wait to see how she does it in this go around as well.
Other 8/23 releases:
Justin Moore – Late Nights and Longnecks
Vince Gill – Okie
Sheryl Crow – Threads
Release date: 8/30
I am not a Sheryl Crow fan.
I found her music in the 90’s to be pretentious and kind of annoying, and though it was catchy it just never hit me right. But I respect her position in music and if she’s going to do a duets album then I am here to see who she can bring on board.
The first single released to promote the comping album was actually a re-release of a song with Johnny Cash from her second album, “Redemption Day.” There is certainly a younger sound here, and if this is the hint at what’s to come, we’re in for just as much of a ride down memory lane in Crow’s career and friendships made. And hey, it’s always good to hear The Man In Black again.
Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples makes sense other collaborators here, and “Live Wire” is just folk country enough for them to work and crossover together so well. They bring a little grit and a little class to the sound together and become a seamless balance.
Oh no, now I might have to be a fan. Maren Morris and Stevie Nicks bring on the Fleetwood Mac sound with a new deep country tone, jammed into Sheryl’s signature 90’s girl sound for “Prove You Wrong.” Dang it, I know that was a lot of words, but just listen to the song and try to tell me I’m wrong!
Joe Walsh joins in for “Still The Good Old Days” and the two play off each other with a more rock feel here. I’m really appreciating the meshing of styles Sheryl’s managed to bring together here, without sacrificing her own sound as well. The song here remains fun for the road with awesome harmonies to
We end our little preview session with “Everything Is Broken” and Jason Isbell as I’ve never heard him before. This is fast paced with more energy than I’ve ever heard from his song. It’s a Bob Dylan cover and the two handle it magnificently.
All right Sheryl, I may not have loved you in the 90s, but I am ready for the other half of this album. Stapleton, Carlile, Taylor, Gill… just to namedrop a few. Bring it on.