Fall Into Me- 2013 (Cold River)
Reviewed by Michael Rampa
With the release of her fourth album, "Fall into Me,"21 year-old Katie Armiger faces the unenviable task of being taken seriously as an artist. It is the classic peril of a teen starlet coming of age in the spotlight. To that end, she's released a 14- song collective thread about love in its many forms. She co-wrote all of the tracks alongside some of Nashville's premier songwriters including Blair Daly (Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw) and Bruce Wallace (Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry).
What results is a pleasant, stripped down album with a pop feel. There is no shortage of scorned women's clichés like a moth to the flame and the token independence anthem. Better In a Black Dress is a virtual retread of Kellie Pickler's girl power anthem Red High Heels:
"I don't need a white veil, I got a black dress
Don't need a preacher, no no not yet
Don't have the blues when I've got my red wine
So take that gown and lay it down to rest
Cause I'm better in a black dress"
Some numbers are more empowering. Okay Alone stresses that it is okay to long for someone even if you're forced to be without them. The feisty and defiant He's Gonna Change is bolstered by a gospel choir.
Armiger's voice is silky smooth and her sassy look is perfect for video. During her formative years, she vaulted from winning a talent contest to playing college tours. She is now officially an adult. While the album has a more mature take on the topic than some of her contemporaries, it is still difficult to put a fresh spin on love.