Album Review: The Band Perry – The Band Perry
The Band Perry’s full-length debut features producers Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) and Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), but they resist the urge to pump up their sound on this rootsy pop-country effort. The Perrys stumble sometimes with awkward, quirky lyrics that never quite gel, but this first effort is a promising start for the family trio.
The group–Kimberly Perry (lead vocals), and brothers Reid (bass guitar) and Neil (drums and mandolin)–has emerged as one of the brightest spots on country radio this summer with their project’s second single, “If I Die Young.” As Kimberly mourns her impending (and premature) death, “Young” glides along on a brisk, acoustic arrangement. “Sink me in the river at dawn,” Perry insists. “Send me away with the words of a love song.”
Love songs, in fact, are the band’s stock in trade, beginning with their debut single “Hip to My Heart,” a jaunty, lighthearted ode to a new crush that’s only dulled by its ditzy lyrics (“I like your lips like I like my cherry cola,” Kimberly admits.) They continue the romantic vibe on the surprisingly good Kara Dioguardi co-write, “Postcards from Paris,” which incorporates fiddle and mandolin to its pop-leaning sound. With their fresh, vibrant instrumentation, the brothers also blend in vocal harmonies with the skill of old pros.
But it’s the female partner in this collaboration that takes center stage. Kimberly, with her tart Southern twang, really shines when she’s been wronged by her man. Witness her simmering vocal on “You Lie,” an angry sermon to her lying beau. “That ain’t my perfume,” she sneers. “I bet she had a curfew.”
This no-good suitor goes by many names. He’s a “serpent in the garden” on “Miss You Being Gone,” and a “tilt-a-whirl” on the melancholy “Lasso.” In the end, the album, much like Swift’s recent efforts, is the portrait of a maturing young woman seeking love on her own terms. The best example may be “Independence,” where Kimberly recalls Martina McBride’s signature hit with a soaring vocal that springs from a girl on the verge.
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