SINGLE REVIEW: Kelsea Ballerini – High School
Country music is currently going mainstream and I couldn’t be more excited about it. The pop-country crossover has been a long time coming but artists like Sam Hunt, Morgan Evans, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban have paved the way for pop radio to start taking this sound seriously. Kelsea Ballerini is going to be the next name to join this list with her forthcoming sophomore studio album “Unapologetically” which is shaping up to be one of my most anticipated. “High School” follows the trend of “Legends” and title track “Unapologetically” with shiny country-pop ballad production that has this really grand sound about it. It will instantly gain comparisons to Carrie Underwood and early Taylor Swift with her storytelling and vocal techniques but she still makes it her own. The song reminisces over her time in high school and her ideology of life in that time. She questions if she made the right decision leaving high school at 15 years old to chase her dreams while some people seem to never leave in this really honest song. “You’re still living in the hallways where everybody stopped and stared and cared and knew your name. Cause this is the real world that don’t know you like that. you can remember but you can’t go back to high school”. It has a real nostalgic feel to it and with a title like “High School” I was worried it was going to be a bit tacky but it’s actually a really mature and reflective track. She continually seems to keep growing as an artist, songwriter and performer and this album is shaping up to be a perfect representation of that growth.