12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe’s fourth album begins with a heartbreaking gambit in slow waltz time: “How does a sparrow know more than I?/When its mother is gone/It learns how to fly.” Subtle, weatherworn, flecked with bits of disco (“Hard on a Heart”) and soul (“This Heaven”), Sparrow finds Monroe stepping away from the pop leanings of 2015’s The Blade, toward the gently orchestrated sound of artists like Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss, and Dusty Springfield, twisting traditions in careful but novel ways. Never a demonstrative instrument, Monroe’s voice keeps getting richer, too, hiding its rawest feeling in its most restrained moments, most notably the album-opening “Orphan.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe’s fourth album begins with a heartbreaking gambit in slow waltz time: “How does a sparrow know more than I?/When its mother is gone/It learns how to fly.” Subtle, weatherworn, flecked with bits of disco (“Hard on a Heart”) and soul (“This Heaven”), Sparrow finds Monroe stepping away from the pop leanings of 2015’s The Blade, toward the gently orchestrated sound of artists like Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss, and Dusty Springfield, twisting traditions in careful but novel ways. Never a demonstrative instrument, Monroe’s voice keeps getting richer, too, hiding its rawest feeling in its most restrained moments, most notably the album-opening “Orphan.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Lupe123 ,

Good

Not my favorite of hers. But it would be hard to top The Blade.

BrushNA ,

Love the voice, but least fav album so far

After a couple listen throughs, I still love the voice, but this is easily my least favorite album of the four. This has two above average country sounding songs in “I’m trying to” and “Daddy I told you” that I enjoyed the flow and twang from. Orphan is my favorite song from this album, but is not radio friendly (which I personally don’t care about, I just wish more country fans would become familiar with her talent). The majority of the album has a violin string sensual feel that could be played in the opening of a James Bond movie. I had hoped for more of the simple old classic country sounds from her previous three albums, but understand artists trying something different and growing. Maybe the album will grow on me, but instead of having a whole album where I don’t have to skip any songs like the previous three, I’ve got about 5 gems off of this album to enjoy. Not bad.

glad hanna is back ,

Hands on you

Whew, I need a cold shower after listening to that song and watching the video. She has always had a great voice.

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