New Music: Danielle Bradbery #MusicMonday

Monday, December 02, 2013

Danielle Bradbery debut album
source: Danielle Bradbery's Facebook page
Along with One Direction, Danielle Bradbery -- last season's winner of "The Voice" here in the U.S., dropped her album last Monday. Just before Thanksgiving, and in time for the Black Friday shopping frenzy and Christmas shopping. These teen idols' people aren't even trying to hide the fact that they're trying to milk their fans for all they're worth, even that extra shopping day (albums are typically released on Tuesdays in the U.S.).

Anyway, I wasn't going to write (again) about Danielle Bradbery, but I have her album a listen out of curiosity, and there are a few real gems on it. She (and her self-titled debut album) is firmly planted in the country music genre, though she was signed by the Nashville label that brings the gift of Taylor Swift to the world.

From the few episodes of "The Voice" I watched last season, Danielle seemed somewhat reticent in nature, and overwhelmed by what fame the show had brought her. Danielle reminds me of David Archuleta of "American Idol" in a lot of ways -- she has an incredible, incredible instrument and could sing "The Clean Up Song" and I would gladly listen. She's only 17 and from what I've seen, has plenty of room to grow as an artist (and could use a lot of extra media training). But it would've been a waste to have dismissed her talent on account of a lack of personal experience. I've watched a few of the personal videos her friends have uploaded of her, and she does actually have a personality. So maybe she's just camera shy.

Her eponymous album was, of course, put together very quickly in the 5 months since she won "The Voice," and much of it sounds almost mass-produced, prepared in advance for the next young thing to come along in country music. Most singing competition winners don't have the luxury to craft the debut album they've dreamed of, and it shows here in the catch-all, sometimes even eclectic, quality that results. Some songs seem like a perfect fit for the sweet-as-honey (and maybe slow-as-molasses, with her vocal phrasing) teenage girl Danielle's presented herself as ("Daughter Of A Workin' Man"), and others seem more fitting for Juliette Barnes of "Nashville" (fast-paced, twangy "Yellin' From The Rooftop"). Some of the songs hit the stride between the two ("I Will Never Forget You," "Dance Hall"), and those seem like a perfectly suitable -- desirable, even -- platform for Danielle Bradbery to jump off of.

Here are some of the songs that I think allow Danielle to really shine, and relate to her fans ...

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