Carly Pearce is back with her self-titled album and she really did her thing on this one!
This album shows Pearce going through a range of emotions. She has songs that are flirty, songs that are romantic and songs that are absolutely heartbreaking.
The second song on the album is “Call Me.” It’s a fun song with a nice blend of pop and country.
“We can go downtown, we can stay out all night,” sings Pearce. “Turning the neon into morning light. Why would you stay home? No need to be lonely. You got my number. For a good time call me.”
“Dashboard Jesus” fits Pearce like a glove. It’s a pull-at-your-heartstrings, midtempo song that is perfect to play in your car after a long week.
“Everybody says she’s dreaming, call her crazy for believing,” sings Pearce. “Sometimes all you really need is, fifty dollars and a dashboard Jesus.”
Regardless of whether you are from the country, the city or a college town, we can all relate to wanting something more from our lives. We all have a dream and there are days where we don’t know if it will ever come true. This is where we have to run on faith. We have to believe that no matter what, things will turn okay. “Dashboard Jesus” is an anthem which portrays this well and I’m so glad it’s on the record.
One of the best songs on the album is “Finish Your Sentences,” recorded with her husband, country singer Michael Ray. It’s incredibly catchy and relatable. It’s fun, yet serious. Pearce and Ray are one of my favorite couples and they sound wonderful together.
“You know what I’m thinking before I’m thinking it,” sings the pair. “You light the fire and I keep it lit. Yeah, I know you better than you know yourself. You start it, I end it. I love that I can finish your sentences.”
The track “It Won’t Always Be Like This” is incredible. It keeps with the theme of her songs being relatable to the listener. Regardless of these songs sounding so personal to her, they are easy to connect with and to apply your own story to the song.
“I remember hearing the door slam, twenty-two, didn’t have a clue,” sings Pearce. “Who I was, who I could trust and who were my real friends.”
Two infectious and fun songs come in the form of “Heart’s Going Out Of Its Mind” and “You Kissed Me First.” Carly wrote the first track three days after her first date with her husband. These songs are cute and balance out the album well.
“Woman Down” is one of the best songs I’ve heard in awhile. It’s empowering and moving, yet doesn’t feel overly emotional. This song takes the album to a different level and is a must-listen for anyone needing a little inspiration.
“She can’t breathe but she ain’t dying,” sings Pearce. “And there ain’t no time for crying. There’s a phoenix down inside when her feet are to the fire.”
The song “Greener Grass” is an incredible vocal and shows her growth as a vocalist.
With this self-titled album, Carly Pearce shows who she is - it’s definitely something to add to the collection for fans of pop and country. This may be her second album, but it’s now time to get to know the real Carly Pearce.