“Lonely Call” has one of the best choruses on the record, but the song is bogged down by the strange electronic sounds that persist throughout the song. The key change also doesn’t help the track. Despite being on The Voice, RaeLynn’s voice has some obvious limits, making the key change sounds strained. While "Lonely Call" is in some ways the track with the most potential, but flaws in execution, the weirdest track on the record is "Graveyard." The sound is different from everything on the record, a little more rocky and southern than everything else. RaeLynn is bubblegum pop-country, and this song is dark. The juxtaposition of the production and the lyrics with RaeLynn's sweet vocals creates an interesting and somewhat enticing track.
The innocence on the early part of the record with the childish, but beautifully executed view of divorce on "Love Triangle" transitions into darker subject matter, with “The Apple” as the turning point. The only song on the record not written by RaeLynn, writers Marshall Altman, Nicolle Galyon and Emily Weisband invoke images from the bible to talk about loss of innocence and growing up. Again, the electronic elements at the beginning don’t add anything to the song, but looking past that, the story and lyrics of this song are incredibly solid. The bridge is the highlight of the song, containing some of the best vocals from RaeLynn on the record. “I’ll fall in love someday, but in some way I’ll still be yours / I’ll never see the world again the way I did before.”
"I learn about love / I learn about pain," RaeLynn sings in the closing track of her debut record. That's what the album is about. It's the story of a girl, recovering from emotional trauma of having divorced parents, and learning how to love herself. This record isn't perfect, but it's hard not to admire the effort and emotion poured into this record. It may not be everybody's cup of tea, but WildHorse is RaeLynn, and she's not apologizing for it.
Best tracks: "Your Heart," "The Apple," "Say"
Throwaway tracks: "Diamonds"
Overall rating: 3 ½ crowns