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Review: Lauren Alaina “Getting Good”

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Lauren Alaina is one of the most hard-working people in country music. Ask anyone and I’m sure they’d agree. Years after placing second on Season 11 of American Idol, Alaina has continued to prove time and time again that’s she’s here to stay. After releasing her second album “Road Less Traveled” back in 2016, Lauren has toured extensively with numerous artists, been a featured artist on tracks with the likes of Kane Brown, Chris Young, Hardy and most recently Dustin Lynch. She also participated in the latest series of “Dancing with the Stars” as a finalist and finished her first headlining tour in the U.S earlier this year after a fabulous trip to the UK last Summer.

With all that being said, it’s time for new Lauren Alaina music and while we don’t have a full album yet, we do have the brand-new EP “Getting Good” to tide us over in the meantime, which is just as exciting, especially with 5 out of the 6 tracks being co-written by Lauren herself.

The EP starts with “In My Veins” instrumentally it sounds like a good Shania Twain throwback with a 2020 update while still being a true Lauren Alaina song. In some respects, it feels like the older sibling of “Georgia Peaches” with similar themes of being proud of where she’s from and not changing as a person, even though everything around her has probably changed drastically over the years. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

Life is pretty hard, right? We all have these expectations that certain things in life will make us happy once we achieve them if we ever do. Whether it’s that we should have our dream jobs, own our own house, be married or settled down at an age deemed appropriate by society. It’s easy to use others success or life ‘achievements’ as a comparison and think you’re not on track with your own. I know I do that or used to anyway.  “Getting Good”, Alaina’s latest single is a great reminder that we should all take into account what we do have, rather than have the grass is greener on the other side outlook – because ultimately, we can only live in the present and appreciate that for what it is.

“Somebody Else’s Problem” is the sassiest breakup song that I never knew I wanted or needed from Lauren Alaina. The comparison between wasting time and money on a car to the effort put into a relationship that you know you should let go of because it’s a drain is such a clever analogy and I’m here for it! I can’t wait to hear this performed live, it’s sure to be a new crowd-pleaser.

If there was ever a song that should’ve been a number 1, it should’ve been “Ladies in the 90’s”. During a time where women struggle to get airplay on Country radio, this was a perfect song that was upbeat and fun whilst still addressing the issue at hand with all the fun nostalgia.

The 90’s were a great time for women in the genre, with the likes of Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Shania Twain, Reba – the list of artists could go on and on – enjoying big success. Those were the women our generation looked up to, they were the artists who young girls would see and make them think they could be a singer. Fast forward to today, and unfortunately, it’s much harder for women to have that level of success. This was one of my favourite songs of any artist in 2019, I defy you to not have a loud sing along while listening to it!

Lauren has released relationship songs in the past, but “Country in Me” feels like a new take on love and newfound happiness. “Country in Me” talks about finding a new love that brings out the real you and in Lauren’s case probably reminds her of home and where she came from, which is a recurring theme with the new music.

“The Other Side” is one of the most wonderful songs about love, loss and faith. I am the first to admit I am not a religious person, but I appreciate what having faith does for others and this story of Sam, Lauren’s Stepdad who sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2018 is beautiful and will mean a lot to people in their time of need – whether that be in times of questioning their faith or dealing with the loss of a loved one. Lauren has always been an open book and her music is very personal, but I think it was very brave of her to share this incredibly personal story with the world.

My only issue with an EP, is that it makes me want the full album right away but then I guess that’s the whole point. However, I’m a greedy music fan and want it now. It’s no secret that in-between “Road Less Traveled” that Lauren has experienced a lot, and it shows in her new music.

This body of work is a great example of what Lauren Alaina does in the best way; she turns her life into art. Which I can imagine at times can be a very vulnerable thing to do, to have an audience to some of your peaks and lows but as with “Road Less Traveled”, it’s been done incredibly well – this EP has everything it can within 6 tracks, it’s fun, feisty, hopeful and sad all in one and I personally cannot wait to hear the album in its entirety. I feel I’ve said this a lot over the years, but I truly believe that she will be one of the artists, just like her own in “Ladies in the 90’s” that when we look back a few years from now, she will be one of the genre’s big stars and rightly so.

You can learn more about Lauren Alaina by visiting her official website or by following her on her social media pages;

You can listen to “Getting Good” on any of the listed platforms here.

Samantha Stanley

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