Pioneer - The Band Perry
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  • Summary: The second full-length release from the country trio was produced by Dann Huff.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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.
  2. Apr 2, 2013
    90
    The album, which is loaded with plenty of dramatic lyrics and arrangements, closes with a truly luscious ballad which leaves the listener wanting more.
  3. 75
    [New producer,] Dann Huff, preserves their homegrown twang nicely, nixing the boring pop-crossover vibe that plagues so much mainstream country--but Kimberly's all fired up, too.
  4. 70
    A sense of loss keeps these polished songs from being too sweet.
  5. Apr 2, 2013
    60
    As good as the by-the-books ballads and rocking country are, the moments when the façade slips a bit make this worth hearing as an album and not a collection of singles.
  6. 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."
  7. Jun 13, 2013
    60
    The album sags when the songs fall back on traditional tropes and are unable to match the performative bombast.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 5, 2013
    10
    Once again, The Band Perry hits, and hits harder than ever! They're back with a really an awesome, fantastically-arranged record that'll leaveOnce again, The Band Perry hits, and hits harder than ever! They're back with a really an awesome, fantastically-arranged record that'll leave the country trio fans speechless.
    The album kicks off with "Better Dog Two" (10/10), which is an awesome start. From its dark tune and its not-so-fun lyrics, we move to "DONE." (10/10), that showcases K's strong vocals and her sassy attitude. Next is "Don't Let Me Be Lonely"(9/10), which has an incredible chorus that could lead the song to be their biggest hit ever. Track no. 5, "Pioneer" (8/10) has a really impressive tune with the catchy "Let your heart not be troubled" bridge. "Forever Mine Nevermind"(9/10), co-written with Brad Paisly is really impressive too. The next one is not one I'm a big fan of, "Night Fine Wasted"(6/10). Then comes the AWESOME "I Saw A Light"(10/10), which is traditionally written and composed, reminds us a bit of "If I Die Young". "Mother Like Mine"(10/10) is a masterpiece I, personally, can't comment on. Moving on, "Chainsaw"(8.5/10) with its dark chorus is also good track. Next, "I'm A Keeper"(9/10) is very radio-friendly and catchy. "Back To Me Without You"(11/10 if I could...) is definitely the stand-out track that leaves you speechless on the record. And finally, "End of Time"(8/10) is a good way to end this joyful album, and it keeps the listener wondering if The Band Perry can get any better?!
    Solid record. Very well done. Keep up the awesome work, TBP!
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  2. Apr 2, 2013
    10
    The Best Country Album so far in 2013! The song blend and you wont stop listening to it. Its really good and the songs are well structured andThe Best Country Album so far in 2013! The song blend and you wont stop listening to it. Its really good and the songs are well structured and its pure country at its best! :D Expand
  3. Apr 22, 2013
    10
    Le band Perry ce une grand mérde
  4. May 29, 2013
    10
    I wish I had these songs to listen to as a younger man, because you can dance the night away to great sound, great lyrics. A perfect summerI wish I had these songs to listen to as a younger man, because you can dance the night away to great sound, great lyrics. A perfect summer album. This Band called The Band Perry sure knows how to rock out these country songs I hear Blossom Music Center here in NE Ohio is calling you for a tour stop Collapse
  5. 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 aThe 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
  6. 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 wasThe 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. Expand