Pioneer

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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18

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  1. Apr 20, 2013
    5
    The Band Perry are one of the few real country groups that were formed in the 21st century. It seems that nowadays, country acts go off in a more country pop direction over time and then go for fully fledged pop to maximise sales *cough*TaylorSwift*cough*, so The Band Perry are certainly a breath of fresh air in the sense that they stay true to themselves. But their music? Well, most ofThe Band Perry are one of the few real country groups that were formed in the 21st century. It seems that nowadays, country acts go off in a more country pop direction over time and then go for fully fledged pop to maximise sales *cough*TaylorSwift*cough*, so The Band Perry are certainly a breath of fresh air in the sense that they stay true to themselves. But their music? Well, most of it's rather sub-par and rather cheesy and takes a turn for the ridiculous with their biggest and only hit, If I Die Young, which was basically about a girl wanting to commit suicide so people will notice her but didn't even try to mention that this is a terrible thing to do. Well, straight off, their new album seems to have a song along the same lines, with Better Dig Two, which is about a girl who is so in love with her husband that if he dies, she'll kill herself too. Er...another not very good message to send to impressionable youth. But despite this, the song is weirdly...captivating with a cool, sombre, rustic country beat which turns into a slight rock chorus and saves it very well. For the most part, the album focuses around obsessive love and getting well rid of bothersome exes and it's what fills the album's best tracks Done, Forever Mine Nevermind, Night Gone Wasted, Chainsaw, I'm A Keeper and End Of Time. While I'm not much of a fan of break up songs, especially country ones, these songs are surprisingly endearing. The rest is all pretty much mediocre album filler that the majority of their debut was made up of. The worst track by far is the cheesetastic Mother Like Mine, which may actually result in projectile vomiting. The Band Perry have improved a notch or two since their debut. As long as they keep maturing and drop some of the cheesiness and questionable song content, they could be one of the few good modern country artists. Expand
  2. Jul 12, 2013
    5
    The album was simply too loud. The Band Perry are known for good, not great lyrics (Kim is no Ashley Monroe), but most of all, the band was famous for its rich, clean sound. This album, that sound was replaced by loud concert music; which may help sell tickets but is not very fun to listen to at home. "Pioneer" is the best song on the album.
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72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 13, 2013
    60
    The album sags when the songs fall back on traditional tropes and are unable to match the performative bombast.
  2. Apr 15, 2013
    60
    The brood is most convincing on giddier kiss-offs like "Chainsaw" (rhymes with "such a shame y'all") and the Brad Paisley co-write "Forever Mine Nevermind."
  3. Apr 4, 2013
    91
    The album’s overall spirit of adventure is summed up in the gorgeous title track, written by the Perrys with fellow family trio The Henningsens. Starting sweet and delicate, it offers a message of encouragement to be bold in the face of uncertainty and doubt as it builds to a thrilling crescendo.