Maren Morris: Everything's gonna be okay

Morris' softmore album provides a selection of uplifting country tunes.

Video of the Day | April 8, 2019
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After 2016's Hero won her big awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, Maren Morris took a left turn with the Top 40 pop smash The Middle, a collaboration with electro producer Zedd. So it's no surprise that her follow-up blurs genre lines. "I'm cooking up my own flavor...making a mess straight outta scratch," she sings on the sassy Flavor, which uses bro-country guitars and moody pop atmospherics to hammer home the point. There are some moments of purity: the terrific All My Favorite People ropes in country duo The Osborne Brothers and lifts its melody from Dolly Parton's 9 to 5. With its slide guitars and shuffling drums, To Hell and Back would be right at home on a Miranda Lambert record. But mostly, Morris channels the queen of the middle, Sheryl Crow, as on the bouncy Feels and the folksy A Song for Everything. She also adopts the social themes du jour, calling for unity on Common (which features a guest turn from Brandi Carlile) and sisterhood support on Girl. Morris tries hard at being the popular girl, and it works.



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