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Two years after the release of her 2016 debut Hero, Maren Morris scored a genuine crossover smash with "The Middle," a collaboration with electro-pop producer Zedd. "The Middle" wasn't a country song, it was a pop move so bold it felt defiant: if country radio wasn't going to make her the star she deserved to be, she planned to head elsewhere. That same sensibility runs through Girl, Morris' ambitious 2019 sophomore album. In a sense, Girl is the sequel to "The Middle," not Hero. Largely produced by Greg Kurstin -- the Bird & The Bee veteran who became the producer du jour after his Grammy-winning work for Adele and Beck -- Girl is bright, shiny, and big, an album designed to appeal to any imaginable audience. Morris doesn't abandon country -- she duets with Brothers Osborne on "All My Favorite People," a salute to blue collar revelers -- but she favors a pan-cultural pop that draws elements from soul, dance-pop, indie, Americana, and rock, all polished so they can fit onto many different stylistic playlists simultaneously. Morris takes this as a point of pride. She sings she's "cooking up my own flavor," intent on being an original, a sentiment that mirrors the self-empowerment of the album's title track. Both songs are admirable if a bit on-the-nose, which happens to be the defining quality of Girl. No longer content to massage her message, Morris tackles all of her targets directly, offering no shade or subtlety in either her music or words. Sonically, this approach can be dazzling. Her hooks are striking, the production is vivid, and she sings with the casual assurance of a superstar. Where this approach falters is with the individual songs. By foregrounding her lyrical intent and offering no room for interpretation, Morris winds up with songs that feel less imaginative than their execution, a flaw that is by no means fatal but does mean that Girl plays on a smaller scale than intended.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2019
Label: Sme Nashville
UPC: 0190759018620
catalogNumber: 590186
Rank: 663

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maren Morris   Primary Artist,Vocals
Natalie Hemby   Vocals
Greg Kurstin   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Omnichord
John Osborne   Electric Guitar
Derek Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Mike Busbee   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond B3
Laura Veltz   Vocals
Kathleen Edwards   Vocals
Ian Fitchuk   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Hammond B3
Rob Moose   Violin,Viola,Baritone Violin
Aaron Sterling   Percussion,Drums
Busbee   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond B3
Ben West   Synthesizer,Hammond B3
Ryan Hurd   Vocals
T.J. Osborne   Vocals

Technical Credits

Natalie Hemby   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
Jon Randall   Composer
Mike Busbee   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
Laura Veltz   Composer
Kathleen Edwards   Composer
Ian Fitchuk   Composer
Julian Bunetta   Composer
Maren Morris   Composer,Producer
Rob Moose   Engineer
Aaron Sterling   Programming
Tyler Johnson   Composer
Dave Clauss   Engineer
Mark Trussell   Composer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Jimmy Robbins   Composer
Busbee   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jesse Jo Dillon   Composer
Nathan Spicer   Engineer
Ryan Hurd   Composer
John Ryan   Composer
Julian Burg   Engineer
Mikey Reaves   Composer
Sarah Aarons   Composer
Nicki Fletcher   Cover Design

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