By Aaron Wagner
I need to vent.
Country music gets it right a majority of the time. Sure, there needs to be an improved effort to get women on country radio. But the fact that Lauren Alaina is still not a household name in the same vein as a Kacey Musgraves or Maren Morris is downright disappointing.
I’ll even go as far to say that she has the best voice amongst female artists and the argument can be made that she has the best voice in country music. Need more proof? Listen to her new EP Getting Good.
This EP is so damn good. Lyrically, the production, and of course Lauren’s vocals.
Let’s start with the title track “Getting Good.” Her angelic voice sings about how we are always waiting until we reach a certain milestone before we start enjoying life and feeling like we’re officially “good.” The lyrics hit you like a ton of bricks.
“I’m afraid of both my parents dying
I call my dad, he answers right away
And I didn’t hear a word ’cause I was thinking
About what hasn’t happened yet but will someday”
Just as easily as Lauren can pen these relatable lyrics, she can rock out and put on a helluva show. “Ladies In The 90s” is a tip of the hat to the women who influenced her music. She weaves in all of these 90s references that fit effortlessly while still being catchy as all heck.
One of my other favorites is “In My Veins.” The fiddle intro hooks you in right away as Lauren narrates how the small town roots are embedded in our veins. It’s part of who we are.
“Somebody Else’s Problem” is a fun one that cleverly compares how an old car is something we stick “time and money” into in the same way we try to keep a failing relationship going. “Country In Me” really showcases her smooth vocals in a song that is equal parts groovy and swing-like.
Alaina closes out her EP with the emotional and powerful “The Other Side.” This one has been out for a bit but if you haven’t heard it yet, you’re going to want to grab a box of tissues. What makes country music special and different from other genres is its ability to move people and make them feel something. Singing about someday getting to the other side in heaven, Alaina sings with so much confidence in a vulnerable way that makes this one so dang impressive.
Inspired by the death of her step dad, “The Other Side” is one she holds close. The song opens with the most powerful and moving lyrics I’ve heard in a country song in awhile:
“He said, I see my mama, she looks about 23
She’s running my way with the angels
Right next to Jesus
Yeah, his eyes lit up, staring at the living room ceiling
And with his last few breaths, he said, I wish you could see it”
And this is what makes Lauren Alaina special. She’s able to take these exceptionally powerful and relatable lyrics and brings it to absolute life with her voice that is out of this world.
I’m looking forward to the day that Lauren Alaina gets nominations at award shows for Female Artist of the Year. It’s a project like “Getting Good” that should get her there.