Some additional parallels could be drawn between Jackson and Aubrie Sellers. Sellers put out her dark and rocky New City Blues at the beginning of 2016, breaking country's rules with her fully electric record. Jackson does the same, but in a lyrical sense rather than a production standpoint. Her lyrics are direct and to the point, revealing a raw and honest perspective like what can be found on a Chris Stapleton or Jason Isbell record.
"I'd shoot out the sun if I had someone to walk in the dark with," is the first lyric of one of the most striking tracks on the record, "Bridges." But this kind of lyric isn't a one off on Gilded. This kind of powerful lyric can be found all over this record, in all different forms. Jackson has the uncanny ability to turn a common feeling into words that we wouldn't use to describe that emotion, but manages to perfectly capture it.
Country music is about storytelling at its core. Lyrics are the root of every great country song, and they're the reason that people have been falling in love with this genre ever since before Johnny Cash. But mainstream country music doesn't hold true to that formula. Country music can be fun, but it's about the lyrics. It's about telling real stories about real people, and about fans being able to find themselves in these songs.
Jackson's record is a record full of stories. Each song is it's own specific chapter of her full story, telling a little snippet of her life or of something she's experienced, and often these stories are things the audience has experienced as well. The sounds of this record are not pure country, often edging off into the rock, punk or alternative genre. But if you're looking for some true country lyrics, you can find them on Gilded.
Best tracks: Bridges, Motorcycle, Gilded
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 ½ crowns