Album Review: Kellie Pickler 100 Proof
I heard rumors before this album came out that it was legit traditional country. I was more than a little suspicious, I didn’t think Kellie Pickler had it in her. After listening to 100 Proof, I was right with some exceptions.
The album starts out strong with a song about Tammy Wynette (one of my favs). “Where’s Tammy Wynette” is upbeat, but it’s got a lot of fiddle and steel in it. I had hope at this point, I thought Kellie was going to prove me wrong! It could definitely be a single, in my opinion. Another legit country song is “Stop Cheatin’ On Me”. If you don’t buy the album, you should at least get this song. I’d be shocked if it ever turned out to be a single because it’s too country, but it should be. “Long As I Never See You Again” is track #4, and it’s got this one line in the chorus that hooked me:
“I’ll be ok, I’ll go my way, we can still be friends/I’ll be alright/long as I never see you again.”
I love me a good ole country heartbreak song! Well done Kellie.
So it’s at this point that I just got really bored. There’s her current single “Tough” which is alright, but I don’t think anyone is going to remember it in a couple years. There’s a couple songs that aren’t bad, and the title track “100 Proof” is pretty decent. But the songs “Mothers Day” and “The Letter (To Daddy)” killed the album for me. If you know Kellie Pickler’s story, you can probably guess what those two songs are about. I just can’t relate, and the songs themselves are not that great either.
I don’t think any of the songs on this album are going to land on my Country Favorites list, but it’s the beginning of the year and we’re all kind of desperate for new music so if you don’t know what to do with the money you budgeted for music in January, go download it.
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