Pope, The Lonely Heartstring Band dish out new sounds
Friday, February 1, 2019
– Cassadee Pope is out with "Stages" today. The 11-song release was produced by Corey Crowder. "Take You Home," "One More Red Light," and "If My Heart Had A Heart" have been released as singles. Pope, who helped write seven of the songs, considers this her most personal album.
Country/bluegrass/folk band The Lonely Heartstring Band is out with its second release "Smoke & Ashes " on Rounder. Bridget Kearney, bassist for Lake Street Dive, produced the release. The group formed at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The quintet released its debut full length, "Deep Waters," in 2012.
By all accounts, Cassadee Pope has led a glitzy life. She was the first female winner of "The Voice." She then had a record deal at 17, a spot on a sold-out tour with Fall Out Boy at 18 and eventually garnered a Grammy nomination.
Her discography of country-pop is generally glitzy, too. Well, not this time. "Rise and Shine" is a stripped-down acoustic effort by the 30-year-old singer that is thoughtfully introspective without being brooding or too deliberate. ...
The Lonely Heartstring Band's debut, "Deep Waters," was uneven. Certain tracks lacked vitality, but the positive qualities - the keen instrumental interplay between the musicians, and George Clements' lead vocals - impressed.
"Smoke & Ashes" surpasses its predecessor by a significant margin.
The opening "Reverie" sets the tone: tasteful, somewhat mysterious and abounding with an appealing tension. The tension comes from LHsB increasing the ...
Although Cassadee Pope's "Stage" album includes a few too many pop-country songs for comfort, it closes with a true winner. The ballad "I've Been Good," which turns a customary greeting response on its head, is a true show-stopper. She's been 'good,' yes; good at drinkin' whiskey and nearly everything except getting over a breakup. With its drinking song lyrical reference and sincere vocal sadness, Pope earns her wings as a fine country singer. ...