Maggie Rose, the singer of the Top 30 hits "I Ain't Your Mama" and "Better," is back on her music game. Her debut album came out in 2013, named Cut to Impress. Rose did impress, and established herself a strong new female country vocalist. Since then, as well as continuing to make country music, she has also ventured into pop music. She created #TomatoTuesday after the whole Saladgate issue, and has released a new song every Tuesday all summer, the final one released just last week. Rose was very adventurous, and this collection is 14 songs that come from all different forms of country and pop music. She completely ignored genre boundaries, and just created and released what she wanted to. It was a bold and admirable decision that mostly paid off. We ranked every song released over the summer, from the misses to the biggest hits.
14. COLD WATER: The most experimental song Rose released this summer, this song sounds like something Rihanna could sing. This song has no country elements in it at all, unlike many of the other tracks released. It has an electro-pop vibe that complements Rose's vocals, but doesn't set Rose apart from the rest of the pop singers out there. One this amazing about Maggie Rose is she has the ability to be sexy and classy at the same time. This song leans a bit too much in the former category.
13. SUPER COOL: This song is a pop song, no doubt about it. The lyrics seem aimed for a group lower than Rose's usual fan range, with the chorus "You're too too cool super cool pour moi." The incorporation of French is not the first time she inserted another language into her songs (see "Last Song"), and it is not a very good decision. Here, it seems corny, especially with the addition of the "ha ha ha ha ha ha," after the French insertion. Catchy, but this song is not Rose's best work.
12. LAST SONG: The second song released this summer, this one placed Rose back into the country music realm after the experimental pop song "Emotional Vampire." The theme of the song is a bit of a cliche, (listen to Kira Isabella's record, Cassadee Pope's record for songs like this one), and that is what sets this song a bar below the others. However, the upbeat country pop production and positive vibe make it a viable single option, if it ends up making her sophomore record.
11. LOOK WHO'S COMING AROUND: This is one of two piano-driven tracks released over the summer. The song adopts a pop and soul influenced sound, with Rose's vocals sounding like they belong in pop music. The songwriting of the song is top notch, with Tiffany Vartanyan and Ryan Ogren as cowriters. As a love song, this is incredibly introspective and thoughtful. It does not quite match up to the quality of "Love Me More," the other piano ballad, but is a high quality track.
10. HISTORY: One of the most pop rock minded of the songs released, this song is "a nod to the eighties," as Rose said, with the guitar song and throwback pop rock sound. This song is interesting because of the subject matter, "the Montague v. Capulet, us-against-the-world kind of love that defies history." The song is exceptionally produced, but doesn't quite hit that sweet spot that a lot of Rose's music achieves.
9. INEVITABLE: Rose has released her fair share of empowering songs, but this is one of the best. Describing her own life, in this song Rose details how despite the amount of people that asked what she was going to do if music did not work out for her, she knew it would. That it is her calling, it was inevitable. With upbeat pop-rock production and just a hint of country influence, this song is incredibly catchy. The songwriting wavers in some points, but overall this song is a hit in the making.
8. HEARTBREAK RADIO: This topic is often approached in country music. The idea how a song playing on the radio can take you back to a specific place and time, and how music can often perfectly describe your feelings. In this circumstance, it is about a heartbreak, but is relevant to even people who haven't felt a heartbreak. The pop-country production compliments Rose's vocals and the lyrics as well, with the radio friendly production that mirrors the idea of hearing songs on the radio.
7. GRUDGE: This song is one of the most masterfully crafted songs Rose has released. The song describes a disgruntled ex-girlfriend, and how she puts on a pretty face but is secretly holding onto the breakup and assumed cheating that went on. The paradox between the angry verses and the denying chorus creates an interesting listen, one of the most interesting and relatable listens of the summer.
6. SAME SKY: This was the last song released this summer, and Rose commented that this track "is the song that embodies a little bit of every element I like to incorporate into my music." So in other words, this is the direction she wants to go with her music. This song incorporates pop, rock and country elements and centers around Rose's vocals and songwriting. This song is not the best song released, but if this is the direction Rose decides to go in, we would not complain.
5. I WANT HIM BAD: Written with Dallas Davidson, one of country music's most infamous songwriters, known for "That's My Kind of Night" and "Country Girl (Shake it For Me)" (Luke Bryan), this song is surprisingly good. An upbeat country pop track, this song describes the allure of a bad boy. This is one of the best tracks because of Rose's carefree vocal delivery, and the production, which masterfully incorporates all of Rose's influences to create an addicting track.
4. RUNNING AWAY: This song is the most personal of the 14 songs released this summer, written with her fiance, about her fiance. Rose said that "the song has a feeling of mystery and tension to it, which felt so appropriate at that point. We both didn't know where it was headed but we were pretty wrapped up in the feeling we were giving each other." Lyrically, this is such a strong track, with the descriptions, and the honest feeling throughout the whole song.
3. LOVE ME MORE: As a girl power song, this is number one. Many young women, as they go into relationships, think they love a person so much they sacrifice their own happiness. But in this song Rose says to this man after they ended their relationship, "I love you, but I love me more." A simple message, but beautiful. It is one that every girl needs to hear, and one that stretches across genre boundaries. Just because it is so universal and relevant, and because Rose's vocals are absolutely flawless, this song stays at the top of the list.
2. EMOTIONAL VAMPIRE: The first song ever released of the campaign, this song continues to stand near the top of this list. It was a shock, because if the pop influenced sound of the song, but as a pop song is a masterpiece. There are still elements of country music woven throughout the song, like the fiddles continuing all through the song. Rose pays homage to her country roots but also incorporates pop. This is a song that everyone can relate to because everyone knows at least one #EmoVamp.
1. BROKEN: The most country Rose went over the summer, this also produced the best result. A simple fiddle and acoustic guitar driven ballad, this shows a softer side of Rose, one that wasn't often displayed this summer. In a Kacey Musgraves sort of way, Rose develops a song that is universal to everyone. The track is not heavily produced, therefore avoiding the problem of overproducing. Because of this choice, the lyrics and Rose's vocals are the star of the song, which is what they need to be. The raw beauty of this song is breathtaking.
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