I tend to do the majority of the country reviews here at Lemonade Magazine mainly because of the fact I grew up with the genre (as I have mentioned before). While I am a fan of the genre, I also tend to be a hyper-critical of it. The 1990s were a brilliant time for country music with greats like Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw headlining shows and selling millions of albums. Along with the big names, you also had several underrated acts that were just as great to listen to including Jessica Andrews, Chely Wright, Gary Allan and Sons of the Desert, to name a few. Country music has always had strong ties with “redneck” culture, but in my humble opinion, the genre sold out when you could play BINGO with each song. Mudding? Big Truck? Sitting by the bonfire? Drinking beer? America? BINGO!
Over the last few years we’ve seen a change for the better though. Throwbacks to the days of outlaw country have emerged with artists like Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves, Lindi Ortega and Chris Stapleton. Along with them, we’ve also recently seen a spike in that 90s country sound with up and coming artists like Maren Morris and Bailey Bryan.
With that all off my chest, it’s time for me to talk about a truly unique new album from country artist Sarah Darling called Dream Country. The 10-song concept album isn’t a throwback and it’s not a sellout. Instead Dream Country finds a whimsical new path for itself and leads listeners along with it into a magical land that we have never been to before. Darling‘s voice is as pretty as it is calming and her lyrics paint such beautiful scenery that only a talented few can do so well.
“Halley’s Comet” and “Where Cowboys Ride” immediately standout on the album, but as mentioned before, this is a concept album and it’s a must that you listen to every track from start to finish. In doing so, you will also stumble upon charming numbers like “Montmarte” and the sensual “You Take Me All The Way”. Darling also fits in a cover of The Smith‘s “Please Please Please” for good measure.
Dream Country is a piece of work that Sarah Darling with look back on years down the road and smile about and she has every right to. Very well done, Ms. Darling.
And if you are interested in learning more, check out our interview with country singer: HERE.
You can pick up Dream Country by Sarah Darling on iTunes now!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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