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Mace and Crown | May 20, 2018

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Monarch Music Minute: Danielle Bradbery, Chris Stapleton, Andy Grammer, Neil Young & Promise of the Real

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Courtesy Big Machine Label Group, LLC

Danielle Bradbery
‘I Don’t Believe We’ve Met’
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The soft and sensual vocal delivery of Danielle Bradbery’s sophomore effort takes country pop to new places. Effortless is “Sway” in its downhome themes of love and innocence as the track itself incites the feeling of losing yourself in the moment with that someone special. There is no sense of urgency within the set such as “Worth It,” reminiscent of a LeAnn Rimes-esque beyond-her-years maturity. Introspective is “Potential” in its raw emotion and truth only she can deliver.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Courtesy UMG Recordings, Inc.

Chris Stapleton
‘From A Room: Volume 2’
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The rugged, gritty voiced singer-songwriter incorporates elements of country, Americana and Southern rock/soul within his second installment of “From A Room.” The album, like its predecessor, is named after Nashville’s RCA Studio A where the recording sessions took place. Stapleton sets the tone with “Millionaire” as he belts out, “I got love, enough to spare. That makes me a millionaire.” This set aims to have its place within The Great American Songbook.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Courtesy BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Andy Grammer
‘The Good Parts’
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Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer’s latest pop rock set continues his exploration of carefree, soulful meanderings on his third studio offering. His exposition, “Smoke Clears,” is an infectious track as the Los Angeles, California native croons, “You’ll never be alone, even when your world explodes, cause after all the smoke clears, I will be right here” as big synths elevate the chorus. The title track highlights Grammer as he belts out an anthemic message that is his story.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Courtesy Reprise Records

Neil Young & Promise of the Real
‘The Visitor’
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Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young presents his second album with American rock outfit Promise of the Real with a continued no-holds-barred approach to his lyrical politicism. Preceded by the singles “Children of Destiny” and “Already Great,” this is Young’s response to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The set permeates a sludgy anthemic splendor, particularly “Stand Tall” in its subversive stance against the system.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Rating System:

💿  – Face palm.
💿  💿  – Eh…
💿  💿  💿  – We’re getting there.
💿  💿  💿  💿  – I’ll listen to it twice, even.
💿  💿  💿  💿  💿  – Hell yes!