The Highwomen- The Highwomen
Released September 6, 2019
Americana, Country, Country Folk
Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby all come together to form a new super group known as Highwomen. On paper, it sounds just okay but when you really listen to the tunes these four have put together, it's easy to say this is probably the best true blue country album of the year. Keeping what makes classic country so beautiful, and lyrically updating it for a time where women deserve to have a defining voice. Take the song for Redesigning Women for example. A wonderful country ballad about being a strong woman, with fragile aspects. Embracing the natural parts of the sex, and even some stereotypes, but flipping them on their head and "breaking the Jell-O mold". The songwriting and vocal chemistry is gorgeous as well from all members. The instrumentations are pretty balanced and lush at times, even if it's overall a bit too clean for my taste. But the record is full of songwriting highlights from My Only Child, to Crowded Table. The latter is a simply sweet song about wanting a big family with a crowded table. There is something so lovely about what these women have delivered here, it's hard to put my finger on it. While I do wish there was something else unique to set this apart from other records, the group shows some versatility on speedier tracks with their yodeling, and their sass. It's not a perfect record or a groundbreaking one, but if you're a country fan, new or old, The Highwomen are making some of the most lyrically significant country of the year. What they are doing for Southern women everywhere is something that deserves praise, and a whole lotta recognition.
Favorite Tracks: Redesigning Women, My Name Can't Be Mama, Loose Change, Cocktails And A Song, My Only Child, Highwomen, Heaven Is A Honky Tonk, Don't Call Me
Least Favorite Tracks: If She Ever Leaves Me