Nashville’s Kelleigh Bannen has been buzzing around the scene the last few years with a few singles that were released to the public including, “Famous” and “Smoke When I Drink”, and now she has finally released her first studio EP, Cheap Sunglasses.
I have reviewed some really amazing country albums so far this year. Margo Price‘s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter and Maren Morris‘s HERO come to mind almost immediately. I was born and raised on country music, so I do tend to be hypercritical at times. Now with female artists taking it over once again, now is the time when breakthrough artists really need to be on their A-game.
Kelleigh Bannen has a lot going for her. She’s got the looks, her voice is naturally country and she can also play a damn good violin. The ingredients are all there, but at times during the EP, I feel like Bannen has been led astray. While tracks like “Welcome to the Party”, although a little cliché, and “All Good Things” are very strong. Tracks like “Once Upon A” are unnecessarily overproduced, and the title track, “Cheap Sunglasses”, and “Landlocked” are a bit weak lyrically and too predictable for country radio.
I really do believe Kelleigh Bannen has the potential to be something in country music, but I hope that she finds a team to work with who will guide her in the right direction. If they focus more on Bannen‘s God given talent and less on the overall production, the end result would be much better. As I said, there are a couple good tracks on this EP and her earlier single, “Famous”, is a strong song as well. The idea and the talent are there, now the execution just needs a little help.
Pick up Cheap Sunglasses by Kelleigh Bannen on iTunes now!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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