Kelsea Ballerini: Kelsea Album Review

8 Dec

Oveshare: Totally relatable by the anxious (me)

Club: I like this gal.  She’s just like me.  I can totally understand not wanting to take part in a superficial meat market with drunks who want meaningless hook-ups.

Homecoming queen?:  I like to see Ballrini normalizing the homecoming queen and showing she has the same problems as the rest of us.  Sidenote-the homecoming queen from my Senior class, was genuine and nice, lived in poverty with trashy parents, but was beautiful inside and out (like the type of beauty that catches your eye in the yearbook).  Shout-out Kimberly!

The other girl:  This one has a definite Taylor Swift catchiness to it. It addresses a cheater.  But the scarlet letter bit, though it sounds like it could be on Reputation isn’t female-positive.  WOMEN, PLEASE STOP FIGHTING WITH THE OTHER WOMAN AND START HOLDING MEN ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR SHITTY ACTIONS! 

Love me like a girl:  Titles are lowercase.  I am going to say it about folklore and also the Black Eyed Peas, but playing with capialization in song titles is totally annoying–and I’m not going to play (in this review).  This song is sort of a throw-away love song.  It doesn’t really SAY anything new, and it’s repetitive.

Love and hate:  The most beautiful background so far, with the strings.  I like that it could be a love song, or interpreted as a political song (that’s how I’ll take it).  It’s a nice little song.

Bragger:  Probably the edgiest song.  I like the sycopation, and the bigger beat.  The hand claps, mmm, could leave, but they’re not super-distracting.

Hold in the bottle:  I love to hear a drinking song.  Especially by a female.  Another relatable tune, but not trashy or “too.”  And the guitar is fun–like a Brad Paisley song.

Half of my hometown:  Very sentimental.  Tells a detailed and complete story.  A perfect duet–Kenny Chesney blends well and fits the song without overpowering (of course he does).

The way i used to:  A really good example of our thoughts when we’re drunk after a breakup.  So many doubts, trying to play it cool, curious about the next romantic encounter/girlfriend, but still kinda hooked.  Ballerini does a wonderful job conveying those inner thoughts out loud.

Needy:  I don’t like how the female is capitulating to the societal expectation that women can’t demand what they want in a relationship.  It’s nothing to be ashamed.  Women shouldn’t be afraid to hide who she is, or tell a man what she wants/needs.  Feminism fail.

A country song:  I like the sentiment of going back to your roots, back to your hometown, family, and friends.  And writing to cope with the good and bad.  This bridge also reminds me of Taylor Swift as it lists things faster.  

La:  She is very down to Earth about LA (an allegory for fame).  Am I using “allegory” correctly?  I like that she tells us the grittier side of fame.  Lines like, “I’ve got some famous friends that I could call, but I don’t know if I’m cool enough, and what’s worse than spending time alone, is one of them not picking up.” really show the feelings of fame, but the insecurity (that we all feel) that being famous can’t fix.

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