Thanks to NPR Music we have finally gotten to listen to Carly Pearce’s much awaited debut album, ‘Every Little Thing‘ and it’s every bit of good pop-country I hoped it would be. Many of us first heard Carly as the female lead on Josh Abbott’s hit from Front Row Seat, ‘Wasn’t That Drunk’. She has since teased us all year with her own chart topping single ‘Every Little Thing’, the title track from the album. The hit has also made her currently the only female artist to be in the Top 10 on the country music charts according to her record label Big Machine.
Hide the Wine kicks off the album and is the song I have had stuck in my head all day long. It’s the definition of women keeping boundaries when it comes to seeing your exes. That sweet nectar is not your friend in those circumstances ladies. Hide ya keys, hide ya phone, and girl… you better hide the wine. (see what I did there?!) Clearly I am a fan of this song!
Track 6, If My Name Was Whiskey, is an incredibly painful and beautifully sung ballad describing a relationship that was stolen by a lover’s desire to pursue a drink over her. The song is laced in emotion with Pearce’s angelic voice. I can’t stop listening to it.
Other notable songs on the album are Catch Fire and Everybody’s Gonna Talk which offer more of an upbeat jam for listeners. Though I am more of a fan of slower ballads, these two and Hide the Wine are definitely the songs I could see myself dancing with in the car or two steppin’ to. Either one. Everybody’s Gonna Talk is definitely the highlight of the bluegrass meets country pop sound though.
The album’s title track steals the show though. Every Little Thing is so well written and produced. The minimalistic approach with the backing music just helps to spotlight Carly’s incredible voice. Using such a simple arrangement only builds upon the lyrics and allows listeners to feel the pain of remembering every detail of lost love. The best way for me to describe the track is to say it’s haunting, which ironically is stated in the last line of the chorus “I’m haunted by the memory of every little thing“.
This album successfully marries the relationship between bluegrass country and pop worlds in a way that is lacking is today’s country music. Her voice is so pure. Talent like her’s make it easy to listen to the entire album from start to finish. Every Little Thing is such a great debut album that Carly should be so proud of. The hard work and time that was put in it is so evident. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy next week.
Listen to the whole album here before it release October 13th.