But now Kay's focus is more on original music, and her upcoming debut country album. She has left behind the more soulful sounds and has immersed herself completely in country music. This song, "Better Than Goodbye," sounds not unlike her amazing Taylor Swift cover, with it's acoustic base and vocals dripping with emotion. Break up songs have been a big thing for Kay ever since her debut, "No More," a heart wrenching breakup song, and through to her most recent release, the pop/soul effort "Gold," an angry track to a woman who stole her man. This track is a softer and more vulnerable side to that same topic. The story of the song takes place right when her boyfriend is about to break up with her, and she's begging him to lie to her, to let her down easy. She pleads, "everything is going to be alright sounds better than goodbye." Vocally Kay shines. Her voice is so emotive, so beautiful. It's a lovely listen, being able to feel everything she felt when she wrote this song just through her vocals.
These days it is quite rare to see a pop turned country singer. Country turned pop is much more common, with Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, and all the other pop stars masquerading as country singers. But sometimes you do get the other way. Take duo Megan & Liz, Steven Tyler, and Lucy Hale. Kay is one of those, and one of the most successful ones, as this new single shows. She truly belongs in country music, and with this song, it's like she's finally found her sound and what she's trying to say with her music.
Overall rating: 4 and a half crowns