American Idol finalist Lauren Alaina was only 17 when her debut album was released, but you’d never know it from the authority she brings to the tunes. She doesn’t put on any airs, either—no matter how mature Alaina’s delivery is on sassy country-rockers like “Growing Her Wings” and “One of Those Boys,” the tales are told from a teenager’s perspective. And when she leans into a ballad like the album-closer “Dirt Road Prayer,” Alaina makes it clear her age is no impediment to emotional expression.

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