To say the last few years have been a rollercoaster for Cassadee Pope would be an understatement.
In 2013 after winning The Voice, Pope released her debut album Frame by Frame which included Top 5 hit “Wasting All These Tears.” Three years later she joined Chris Young on their smash hit “Think of You.” Then in 2017 her engagement was called off and she left her label and became an independent artist without any major label behind her.
During this moment in her life, her friends encouraged her to channel the emotional feelings into songwriting. The album, appropriately titled Stages, tells a love story from the start of a relationship highs to the end of a relationship lows. Throughout each song Pope cleverly weaves in impactful lyrics that are so damn relatable to us as fans. The best way to listen to this album is from start to finish to get the complete sense of the love story that didn’t end the way it does in fairytales.
Stages kicks off with two songs she released in the summer of 2018. “Take You Home” is a fun play on words that is the complete opposite of a one night hookup. It’s in the same realm as Chris Lane and Tori Kelly’s “Take Back Home Girl.” “One More Red Light” is such a jam to blast in the car driving around town. Singing about not wanting the night to end, this is the ultimate song for Cassadee to show off her impressive vocals. She then sings about love in the early stages of a relationship in “How I Feel Right Now.”
Casssadee brings some spunk in “Bring Me Down Town” as she sings about seeing an ex everywhere she goes, ruining all her favorite spots she loves. “If My Heart Had a Heart” just might be the best song on the album. Written by Hannah Ellis, Cassadee gets vulnerable while showcasing her range with Shay Mooney as the background vocals. This is a hit in the making. She pivots to “FYI,” an emotional song about her getting everything off her chest about a complicated love triangle.
Cassadee is joined by her friends Lindsay Ell, RaeLynn, and Lauren Alaina on “Distracted.” Singing about her routines being thrown off by a new romance, you can hear her close friends on background vocals and singing the “Oooh Ooohs.” “Don’t Ask Me” and “Still Got It” are heartfelt songs about never truly getting over someone. You can definitely tell that these songs are near and dear to her. The album concludes with “I’ve Been Good.” It’s the perfect way to end the album that was full of songs about dealing with heartbreak and getting over someone. We’ve all used the “I’ve Been Good” line and Cassadee uses that phrase to perfectly wrap up the album that was her life the last few years.