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Humble Quest

Maren Morris

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Maren Morris has settled into a sweet spot with her third record. Produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Halsey), it's still more country than her last album, Girl. With Morris—who went full pop on her massive 2018 Zedd collaboration "The Middle"—wearing a crown on the back cover, plus songs about unity and supporting the sisterhood, Girl practically screamed "millennial pop country." Humble Quest feels more rooted, both musically and personally. There are love songs for her husband, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd, like flirty "Tall Guys," a beachbum vibe crossed with '60s girl-group sighs and packed tight with Morris' signature wordplay: "Keeps me looking up when I'm feeling down ... when I can't see over he puts me on his shoulder." (Morris is 5'1"; Hurd is 6'3".) Loosely rollicking "I Can't Love You Anymore" is clearly about Hurd (the clues include him being from Michigan and "so good-looking it kind of makes me sick"). Their toddler son, Hayes, can be heard cooing at the start of acoustic "Hummingbird"; with its Appalachian gothic vibe, it recalls Gillian Welch—intriguing new territory for Morris. The same goes for "Nervous," an edgy, sexy, '80s-inflected hard-charger. To the easy, early Sheryl Crow groove of  "Circles Around This Town," Morris writes her own history of arriving in Nashville. "I swear I don't know how I trusted/ A Montero with the AC busted/ A couple bad demos on a burned CD/ Would take me all the way to Tennessee," she sets it up, explaining how she "Drove circles around this town/ Trying to write circles around this town." She thinks about leaving, then catches her break with early hits: "Couple hundred songs and the ones that finally worked/ Was the one about a car and the one about a church" ("'80s Mercedes," "My Church").  And even now that she's had number one records and won CMA, ACM and Grammy Awards, the drive hasn't really changed: "I still got the pedal down/ I still get lost, I still get found." With its catchy vocal-melody ascent and pure country roots, "Detour" feels like an outtake from Morris' great Hero. "What Would This World Do?" is a piano ballad, sung with Hurd, that's heart-tugging in the Brandi Carlile vein. And Morris has practically guaranteed her future as a wedding-dance staple with "Background Music." Swoony and free-floating like a feather, it's a true-love ballad that measures mortality: "We call it forever but we know that there's an end to it/ You and I can dance our way through it/ And I'll love you 'til all that we are is background music," she sings. But it's obviously also incredibly personal for her and Hurd and their musical legacy. "Maybe all we'll ever be to them in a hundred years is three minutes in a car, in a bar, that says we were here." © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Circles Around This Town
00:03:15

Greg Kurstin, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Bass - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Hurd, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Julia Michaels, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Jimmy Robbins, Composer, Lyricist, Overdub Engineer - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Bennett Lewis, Mandolin - Rich Hinman, Steel Guitar - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

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2
The Furthest Thing
00:03:54

Greg Kurstin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Recording Engineer, Bass - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Hurd, Composer, Lyricist - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

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3
I Can't Love You Anymore
00:02:49

Greg Kurstin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Bass - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Hurd, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Bennett Lewis, Dobro - Rich Hinman, Steel Guitar - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Sony Music Entertainment. All rights reserved.

4
Humble Quest
00:03:24

Greg Kurstin, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Recording Engineer, Bass - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Laura Veltz, Composer, Lyricist - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Robbins, Composer, Lyricist, Overdub Engineer - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Rich Hinman, Steel Guitar - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Sony Music Entertainment. All rights reserved.

5
Background Music
00:03:34

Greg Kurstin, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Bass - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Laura Veltz, Composer, Lyricist - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Robbins, Composer, Lyricist - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

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6
Nervous
00:02:55

Natalie Hemby, Composer, Lyricist - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Bass - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Robbins, Composer, Lyricist, Overdub Engineer - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

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7
Tall Guys
00:02:43

Natalie Hemby, Composer, Lyricist - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Bass - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Aaron Raitiere, Composer, Lyricist - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

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8
Detour
00:04:07

Greg Kurstin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Organ, Piano, Recording Engineer, Bass - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Laura Veltz, Composer, Lyricist - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Sarah Aarons, Composer, Lyricist - Alberto Vaz, Overdub Engineer - Bennett Lewis, Dobro - Rich Hinman, Steel Guitar - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

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9
Hummingbird
00:03:19

Liz Rose, Composer, Lyricist - Hillary Lindsey, Composer, Lyricist - Lori McKenna, Composer, Lyricist - Greg Kurstin, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Recording Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Rich Hinman, Steel Guitar - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

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10
Good Friends
00:03:28

Natalie Hemby, Composer, Lyricist - Greg Kurstin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Bass - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Rich Hinman, Steel Guitar - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Sony Music Entertainment. All rights reserved.

11
What Would This World Do?
00:04:00

Greg Kurstin, Producer, Piano, Recording Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Jon Green, Composer, Lyricist - Maren Morris, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Hurd, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Julian Burg, Recording Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Matt Tuggle, Assistant Engineer - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2022 Sony Music Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Album Description

Maren Morris has settled into a sweet spot with her third record. Produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Halsey), it's still more country than her last album, Girl. With Morris—who went full pop on her massive 2018 Zedd collaboration "The Middle"—wearing a crown on the back cover, plus songs about unity and supporting the sisterhood, Girl practically screamed "millennial pop country." Humble Quest feels more rooted, both musically and personally. There are love songs for her husband, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd, like flirty "Tall Guys," a beachbum vibe crossed with '60s girl-group sighs and packed tight with Morris' signature wordplay: "Keeps me looking up when I'm feeling down ... when I can't see over he puts me on his shoulder." (Morris is 5'1"; Hurd is 6'3".) Loosely rollicking "I Can't Love You Anymore" is clearly about Hurd (the clues include him being from Michigan and "so good-looking it kind of makes me sick"). Their toddler son, Hayes, can be heard cooing at the start of acoustic "Hummingbird"; with its Appalachian gothic vibe, it recalls Gillian Welch—intriguing new territory for Morris. The same goes for "Nervous," an edgy, sexy, '80s-inflected hard-charger. To the easy, early Sheryl Crow groove of  "Circles Around This Town," Morris writes her own history of arriving in Nashville. "I swear I don't know how I trusted/ A Montero with the AC busted/ A couple bad demos on a burned CD/ Would take me all the way to Tennessee," she sets it up, explaining how she "Drove circles around this town/ Trying to write circles around this town." She thinks about leaving, then catches her break with early hits: "Couple hundred songs and the ones that finally worked/ Was the one about a car and the one about a church" ("'80s Mercedes," "My Church").  And even now that she's had number one records and won CMA, ACM and Grammy Awards, the drive hasn't really changed: "I still got the pedal down/ I still get lost, I still get found." With its catchy vocal-melody ascent and pure country roots, "Detour" feels like an outtake from Morris' great Hero. "What Would This World Do?" is a piano ballad, sung with Hurd, that's heart-tugging in the Brandi Carlile vein. And Morris has practically guaranteed her future as a wedding-dance staple with "Background Music." Swoony and free-floating like a feather, it's a true-love ballad that measures mortality: "We call it forever but we know that there's an end to it/ You and I can dance our way through it/ And I'll love you 'til all that we are is background music," she sings. But it's obviously also incredibly personal for her and Hurd and their musical legacy. "Maybe all we'll ever be to them in a hundred years is three minutes in a car, in a bar, that says we were here." © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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