Canadian country trio Runaway Angel's new single may possibly be their best work yet. They recently released their debut album, a work of art titled No End In Sight (review coming soon.) This is the third single from that project, and it's a song that discusses heartbreak and losing someone. The production and harmonies show off the group's strengths, and it's a very good representation of the pop-country and harmony based sound that the group has been developing over the last couple years.
After two fun singles, Cates is taking her music in a different, more personal direction with "Wayward Rose." The song describes her relationship with her father when she was a child: how he always believed in her and told her she could do anything she wanted to do. The production of the song is near flawless, and it grows on the more emotional side of her artistry introduced in "Behind Your Back." Cates continues to move forward and improve with every new release.
Political songs have historically be a dime a dozen, but recently, especially in country music, political songs with messages have been declining in popularity with fans and on the radio. But feminism has increased in popularity as a topic of songs by women of country. Songs like "Fight Like A Girl" by Kalie Shorr have grown in popularity, and this song adds another aspect to that kind of song, proclaiming that 'being a woman ain't for the faint of heart.' It's a political message told in a delightfully country way.
Black's sassy, country to the core style, but also rock influenced sound emulates a blend of the Dixie Chicks and Kerosene - era Miranda Lambert. "Heart on Ice" is her new single to country radio, and it's a fun song that could appeal to fans of Lambert and Carrie Underwood. The song has hints of the same strong woman message that has been weaving its way into many singles from new women of country music. Black has a hit in the making here, now let's see if country radio picks it up.
From Woodson's debut self-titled EP, "Last" is a song of heartbreak, loss, and moving on from a toxic relationship. The pop influenced beat and production, with the not-too-loud guitar layered on top compliments the strength and emotion of Woodson's vocals on the track. In the chorus, Woodson sings, "I'm done being last / when I should be the first thing on your mind." Although songs like "Fan for the Flame" are fun and sassy, this is where Woodson truly shines.