- Summary: The second full-length release for the country singer-songwriter (who is also a member of Pistol Annies) was produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank.
- Record Label: Warner Music
- Genre(s): Country, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop
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|I let your love in, I have the scar I felt the razor against my heart I thought we were both in all the way But you caught it by the handle And I...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 14 out of 14
Mixed: 0 out of 14
Negative: 0 out of 14
Jul 20, 2015A diverse set of songs but the key to Monroe's appeal is that she seems neither showy nor calculating when she expands beyond her classic country roots. She rolls easy, luxuriating in that exquisite sound, her soft touch making the heartbreak and the humor seem equally alluring.
Aug 5, 2015She knows what it is to crave whiskey, to lust after men, to flout the petty hypocrisy of small-town country life and then cry and ask Jesus for forgiveness. This time she wove this narrative of Southern womanhood into The Blade and, by forgoing judgment and flaunting all its incoherent complexities, made it universal.
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Aug 21, 2015Ashley is such a good songwriter, her voice is so beautiful too. This album truly blew me away by its quality and I can relate to almost everyAshley is such a good songwriter, her voice is so beautiful too. This album truly blew me away by its quality and I can relate to almost every song on it. Pure country gold.… Expand
Sep 27, 2015When you meet Ashley Monroe on "Like a Rose" there is a confidence about her that comes from experience. You get the feeling that this is aWhen you meet Ashley Monroe on "Like a Rose" there is a confidence about her that comes from experience. You get the feeling that this is a person that has been through allot but somehow she made. Thus, Like a Rose hits on a human level that you forget how talented she is. Like a Rose feels like a one on one conversation.
On the Blade you find a confident Ashley Monroe that knows how good she is and how good she can be and she holds no punches. Thus, The Blade feel like a talent show and a very good one. The production is bold and the vocal performances are bold. At time, its hard to find something to hold on too for a long period of time and the album can feel overwhelming. Which is strange because, unlike Like a Rose, like album is more of a concept album about break-up and relationships (the two sides of relationship).
She could have bundled the heartbreak songs and separated those from the lighter songs but obviously I am just fishing for something to complain about as one has to in a review. Bottom line, Monroe is a great songwriter and a great singer and the Blade is a showcase of that. There are some songs on this album that will stay with you for a very long time, the title track, I'm Good at Leavin', and "If the Devil Don't Want Me" are my favorite songs.
I wish Monroe would make a non-country album but no pop or pop-rock; maybe a blue rock or a bluegrass album just to see if she can do it, but the fans always wish for things like these and then complain. Just will be just fine with country. 85/100… Expand
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