By Aaron Wagner
UK artist Twinnie makes a splash with her debut album Hollywood Gypsy.
The former TV and theater actress makes her foray into the UK country music scene with a sound that would be best described as modern country influenced by the likes of Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini, and Maren Morris.
With country music growing overseas, it’s a fair question to wonder what type of country music should the industry be wanting fans to hear. Considering that artists like Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, and Chase Rice are huge hits in the UK, then Twinnie’s Hollywood Gypsy album is the correct type of sound to debut with.
From a production standpoint, there are some really catchy sounds throughout the album that make the songs attractive to listen to and catch your attention right away. That being said, if you pay close attention to the lyrics and the messaging it’s the area where Twinnie really shines as she sings about real shit without sugarcoating it or putting some type of spin on it. I love that and I respect that.
If you’ve been following Twinnie the last year or two you’ll recognize that some of these songs have already been released on streaming and been performed at live shows.
“Type of Girl,” “Better When I’m Drunk,” and “I Love You Now Change” have been released ahead of time but collectively they’ve notched her nearly a million streams on Spotify. Twinnie’s songwriting chops jump off the page when you listen to “I Love You Now Change” as she cleverly describes not wanting to change who she is just for the sake of a romance.
From a production standpoint, “Chasing” has a modern country sound to it. Rumor has it that it’s her next official single which is a wise choice and I’m excited to see how it does. The title track “Hollywood Gypsy” seems to be Twinnie’s theme song for her life and the entire project as she balances between her upbringing and newfound fame. She slows it down in a ballad about realizing love can be painful in “Superhero.”
“Cause red lips don’t give a shit, I ain’t no easy get” is such a badass line in “More” that has her setting a high standard. I absolutely love the message of “Social Babies” as she takes a deep dive into how social media and technology have affected human-to-human relationships. Listeners then get some Miranda and Kacey vibes in “Daddy Issues” in one of her more cleverly written songs on the album.
Twinnie gets her heartbroken in “Lie To Me” as weighs the costs of being comfortable vs what is right. “Feeling of Falling” is a perfect song from a lyric and production standpoint to give you that feeling of what it’s like to fall in love. It’s one of my favorite songs on the entire album. She wraps up the album with an “I know this is bad for me, but I love it” song with “Whiplash.”
From a lyrical standpoint, there’s a ton of substance on this album. For the country purists, it’s the types of messages that make country what it is. The production on the album isn’t Dolly or Reba, but that’s not who Twinnie is. She’s the progressive, modern country artist who knows who she is. Similar to Sam Hunt, it’s refreshing to hear an artist double down and be unapologetic in the music they make.