This album review is extremely long overdue but with the recent Grammy nominations I am finally writing it. Maren Morris is semi new to the country scene as an artist but has been running around Nashville as a songwriter for the past few years. She released her debut major label EP in 2015 that included five songs and followed it with her debut major label album Hero in June 2016. Maren was recently nominated for four count them FOUR Grammys including Best New Artist, Best Country Solo Performance for “My Church,” Best Country Song for “My Church”, and Best Country Album for Hero.
Maren is one of those artists that can go deep into storytelling on one song and then catchy with a hook melody on the next. Her voice is unique and fresh and I fall more in love with it each time I listen to Hero. I could continue to go on about her voice but her real strength lies in her songwriting (if you haven’t noticed most of my favorite artists share this trait). Her lyrics are strong without being overly wordy, her melodies short but extremely catchy and the production is a combination of country, soul and pop with a slight rock edge.
I’ve had Hero on rotation for the past two months and find myself reaching for it during a multitude of different emotional occasions. I put it on when I need a good car jam in the morning, when I need a good cry on my way home, when I want to dance it the hell out on a Friday night or when I just want to pretend like I’m headlining my own show in Nashville for the night. I promise you you’re going to want to give Hero a listen before the Grammys in February because once that girl takes the stage the entire country is going to want a piece of her. Get on the Maren train, it’s a good one.
Songs to dance to: Sugar, 80s Mercedes, Just Another Thing
Songs to cry to: I Could Use a Love Song, I Wish I Was, Once
Album favorites: Second Wind, I Wish I Was, I Could Use a Love Song, Sugar, Just Another Thing, 80s Mercedes (BASICALLY JUST THE WHOLE THING)