Ashley Monroe – Sparrow (2018) [FLAC 24bit, 96 kHz]

Ashley Monroe - Sparrow (2018) [FLAC 24bit, 96 kHz] Download

Artist: Ashley Monroe
Album: Sparrow
Genre: Country
Release Date: 2018
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24bit, 96 kHz
Duration: 43:21
Total Tracks: 12
Total Size: 917 MB


1. Ashley Monroe – Orphan (04:28)
2. Ashley Monroe – Hard On a Heart (03:25)
3. Ashley Monroe – Hands On You (03:52)
4. Ashley Monroe – Mother’s Daughter (03:50)
5. Ashley Monroe – Rita (03:27)
6. Ashley Monroe – Wild Love (03:51)
7. Ashley Monroe – This Heaven (03:53)
8. Ashley Monroe – I’m Trying To (03:44)
9. Ashley Monroe – She Wakes Me Up (Rescue Me) (02:26)
10. Ashley Monroe – Paying Attention (03:38)
11. Ashley Monroe – Daddy I Told You (03:28)
12. Ashley Monroe – Keys to the Kingdom (03:13)


Following her debut where she appeared as the new short-lived bimbo of country pop, Ashley Monroe quickly proved she had a strong personality, at times moving away from the path clearly marked out by Nashville. Indeed, the singer from Knoxville, Tennessee, ended up collaborating with Jack White and his Raconteurs, and even founded the Pistol Annies with Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert. With The Blade, her third album released in 2015, she confirmed her mastery over a large artistic vocabulary, both with her voice and the instruments chosen. Without revolutionising the genre, Monroe put out an album nicely packed up with contemporary country, filled with effective melodies, and most importantly featuring a voice of stunning purity, inspired by two great untouchables, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris… Three years later, Sparrow is the work of a more and more adventurous artist, who never compromises to aim for the top of the charts. Produced by brilliant Dave Cobb who worked with Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Shooter Jennings, Colter Wall, Zac Brown Band and Jason Isbell, this fourth opus takes country music down paths previously walked by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings, Rick Hall, Shelby Lynne and even early Elton John. In that regard, Sparrow isn’t a current pop country album, but rather an old-stylerecord. Timeless to be exact. Cobb’s work is in fact remarkable in its tendency to blur, even erase any sign of the current era…“To me this record is about acknowledging past hurt, forgiveness and freedom to move forward. The most terrible things that happen to you are the most beautiful songs. That’s what I respect the most about music.” Here, Ashley Monroe plays the therapy card. And while she does settle some scores with her mother and even herself, and dive back into her younger years, her album is both introspective and able to touch anyone. Because, much like Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, or even closer, Kacey Musgraves, she is well aware of the emotional potential of this kind of pathos, while always remaining dignified, serene and very classy. This is the main strength of an album that at times doesn’t hold back on violins, but handles them like one would carry nitroglycerin. Highly recommended!  –  Marc Zisman

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