The album also contains its fair share of songs about first love, heartbreak and infatuation. “Next Day After You”, the aforementioned “Dance Hall” and “Got Me Thinkin’ ‘Bout You”. “After You” is the ultimate first heartbreak song. Brooke sings it as if she felt it the breakup the day she recorded the song. It’s the most beautifully produced track on the record, with the fiddle, piano and guitar that accompany her vocals and highlight them so the emotion shines through even more. “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” paints a clear scene, (at least this is what I see in my mind) of a girl sitting in class, and her crush sitting across the room and smiling at her everytime she looks over. He’s the class ‘bad boy’ and Brooke really doesn't want to get involved with him, but he’s so damn cute! It's amazing how a good song can pull you back to the past so easily.
One key track on the album is “All”. It is a traditional country track, with bluegrass influenced production. The song addresses young love, and how Brooke pledges to give her all to love and give him all of her heart. It’s a cute track, and just makes the listener happy to hear her young innocence and the joy. It’s nice to hear a truly joyful track every once in a while, and this track definitely fits that bill.
The album ends with “The Ugly Truth”, a reminiscent song about growing up. She sings about the frustrations about growing up and the things she doesn’t want to leave. In a very adult way, she sings, “But the ugly truth is that I can’t be a child for the rest of my life.” Most teenagers don’t get that. But because Brooke does, it shows more maturity in her. This maturity could lead her to succeed to great heights in country music, and produce songs that are better than some singers twice her age can produce. I’m rooting for Brooke to win American Idol and follow in Carrie Underwood’s footsteps to become a Queen of Country Music.
Best Tracks: Here Right Now, Next Day After You, All
Throwaway Tracks: Party in the Pool
Overall rating: 4 crowns