At just 28 years old, Lauren Alaina has already logged 13 years in country music, with a string of hits and awards to show for it. With Unlocked, Alaina hits reset, reintroducing her sassy, soulful brand of country and making her debut as an artist with the massively successful Big Loud label. Produced by Big Loud go-to Joey Moi, the six-track EP is a sampler platter of Alaina’s strengths, particularly her proficiency and versatility as a vocalist. Opener “A Walk in the Bar” is a swaggering kiss-off bursting with hooks and plays on words, giving Alaina ample room to play with her agile voice. “Hangovers” likens heartbreak to a particularly rough morning after, with Alaina exploring her lower register at each verse. And Alaina caps off the EP with the delightful Lainey Wilson duet “Thicc as Thieves,” a feisty pairing worthy of consideration alongside songs like Elle King and Miranda Lambert’s “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).”

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