Monday, May 17, 2010
ALBUM REVIEW: Chely Wright's Lifted off the Ground
So Chely Wright, who I'd always hoped to marry (after, you know, Bridget Regan and Zooey Deschanel were married off), comes out as being a lesbian. I'm proud of her. After she hit rock bottom with a gun in her mouth, ready to take her own life, she decided to publicly be herself. Being the first country star to come out is an amazing thing (KD Lang doesn't count). As for her new album Lifted off the Ground to coincide with her memoir Like Me: it's AMAZING! This is a whole new Country music. She raises the bar. She's turned away from radio country to being true to her personality. And I thought each song on Metropolitan Hotel was a piece of her soul. This takes the award, from the catchiness of the soft tunes like the first song "Broken" and "Snow Globe" (an almost newgrass tune reminiscent of Josh Turner) to the up-beat tunes of my favorite "Notes to the Coroner" (despite it's Debbie-Downer message) and "Damn Liar" where she rightfully uses the cuss words (the F-word!!! WHAT?!). And then we have the pure rawness of "Like Me." I'd love to talk about every single song, but it would be too much typing when I need to be preparing for teaching tomorrow and watching Chuck!