Wait what? An album that got away? Where’s the review? – Well, here’s the thing. Have you ever visited a country music blog only to find out an album you like hasn’t been reviewed and probably won’t be either? Moreover, have you ever heard a blogger say they didn’t review it because they “couldn’t find the words” to say about a particular project? Well, that’s essentially what this feature will be – a dedication to the albums we don’t enough to say for a full review but still want to highlight regardless.
Ah alright, so this means you could probably cover everything that comes out then and take the easy way out, right? – No, absolutely not. This feature will only highlight the albums that I’ve given a lot of listens to and just couldn’t muster up the words for a full review. I’m not going to give everything one listen and give my short thoughts just to cover more music. That’s cheating.
Alright, I see then. So what’s with this project? – It’s the debut album by Caroline Reese and the Drifting Fifth that came out on January 6th who has opened for the likes of Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Corb Lund, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Vocally, she sounds a lot like a mix of Karen Jonas and Lydia Loveless with more of a rasp to her voice. The album itself is a nice blend of country, pop, and rock. It’s an interesting album from a sonic standpoint, and yet some of the lyrics are admittedly hard to make out and seem almost personal to Caroline and/or her band, one of the reasons I had trouble saying much about it. I still like it, and would probably give it a very light 7 out of 10.
Well now that that’s established, I have to ask, why review something like this when you could review something else? – Well here’s the thing, anything I review is solely my opinion, and just because I can’t find the words for something doesn’t mean somebody else might not. Maybe they’ll choose to cover this project now and bring justice to the artist I couldn’t cover.