14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kelleigh Bannen was signed to a major country label earlier this decade—an experience she’s channeled into her podcast This Nashville Life—but she'd started out as an independent artist and has been doing some of her sharpest work since she returned to that status. On Favorite Colors, all of which she co-wrote and most of which was produced by Cadillac Three frontman Jaren Johnston, she alternates between two country-pop approaches that suit her well. During tracks like “Haters,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” and “The Joneses,” Bannen brings bright, burnished attitude and wit to sturdy hooks. Elsewhere, she excels at conversational clarity and tonal subtlety; “Happy Birthday” laces well-wishing with regret, “Suit” makes a jump-the-gun marriage fantasy feel knowing and playful, and “John Who” channels dismissive bite through reflection. Bannen has the sultry, R&B-shaded voice and singing smarts to bring multilayered moods into focus.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kelleigh Bannen was signed to a major country label earlier this decade—an experience she’s channeled into her podcast This Nashville Life—but she'd started out as an independent artist and has been doing some of her sharpest work since she returned to that status. On Favorite Colors, all of which she co-wrote and most of which was produced by Cadillac Three frontman Jaren Johnston, she alternates between two country-pop approaches that suit her well. During tracks like “Haters,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” and “The Joneses,” Bannen brings bright, burnished attitude and wit to sturdy hooks. Elsewhere, she excels at conversational clarity and tonal subtlety; “Happy Birthday” laces well-wishing with regret, “Suit” makes a jump-the-gun marriage fantasy feel knowing and playful, and “John Who” channels dismissive bite through reflection. Bannen has the sultry, R&B-shaded voice and singing smarts to bring multilayered moods into focus.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Aelita hopper ,

Best Country Album of 2019

i dont listen to much country music but after i gave this a try i have to say its one of my fav/ best country albums ive heard this year great work much love to you

IrishRT ,

Perfection

This album is the perfect mix of styles. It has the slower ballads. It has the danceable upbeat. But what it mostly has- amazing songwriting and vocals. Kelleigh is such an amazing artist. She has put sooooo much time into crafting this album, and it shows. It’s perfection.

Stephbrad ,

😻

I just love her... her voice, her style, everything. So glad she finally has a full album out! This music is fresh and is true country music in a time when that can become watered down. This is solid, sexy country. Great job

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