When Ashley Monroe’s brand new album, The Blade became the olive branch of sorts for Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert after their highly publicized divorce, I thought that it was definitely worth my listen. Both of the country super stars spoke very highly of their friend’s third solo album and I was curious to see if it was just pals supporting pals or if their claims actually held some water.
Country music has seen a surge of talented female artists lately and in my opinion, although they may not be selling out tours like the boys are, the talent level of female country artists right now is in a whole different league than the men.
After listening to Ashley Monroe’s, The Blade, it only left me more convinced that I am right. Monroe, much like her female piers, shows no fear in subject material, whether she’s bearing her soul or speaking her mind. In a genre full of the same recycled material (and chord progressions), it shatters me that the girls aren’t experiencing the same fame as the men.
The album starts strong with “On to Something Good” and it continues to impress from there. Other standouts include “If the Devil Don’t Want Me”, “Weight of the Load” (co-written with country legend, Vince Gill) and “I’m Good at Leavin” (co-written with Miranda Lambert).
All in all, The Blade is a very strong album and is definitely near the top for one of the best country albums of 2015 so far.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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