Album Review: Sherry Lynn - A Beautiful Life

Delivering a dose of authentic Country music, Sherry Lynn is back with her latest album, A Beatiful Life, a collection of songs which includes Crystal Gayle on the title track. Read on here to see what weo think of this, her latest album.

Sherry Lynn makes it clear from the album opener that she is a mid-school country artist.  She is not old in the sense of the hyper twanged retro that is all the rage in Americana, nor the over produced pop of the mainstream. Likewise, there are no stories of whiskey drenched nights, but neither are there any beer soaked days.  There is simply the quite business enjoying the life you have because there aren’t a lot of options.  She opens the album wistfully lusting over the bad boy next door before kicking it into “Girls Will Be Girls,” a foot stomper about the joys of growing up female.  The album is joyfully and willfully up-tempo and sunny. This can make it seem a bit monotonous, but Lynn keeps it fresh with a variety of subject matter.  She uses escapism to deal with heartbreak in songs like “What a Day to Shake a Broken Heart” and “Slip into Something Mexico.”  She meets it head on in “You in a Song,” pining over that person who shows up in the lyrics of every songs you hear. “There ain’t no sunshine when you’re gone and you’re always on my mind,” she keens.  She falls in love in the latter half of the album with “Fallin’ in Love” and “I Could Get Used to This.” In an era of country singers extolling the virtues of small town life and living, Lynn runs from it at high speed in “So Much More.” “Right now the answers that I need are not quite clear, but the one things that I’m sure of is I won’t find them here,” she confesses.  She closes the album with the title track, a gorgeous duet with Crystal Gayle.  It’s the perfect wrap for an album that is almost unrelentingly optimistic, yet ultimately steeped in realism.

For a while there has been a hole in the middle of country music where the simple stuff would have been played. It has swallowed any number of really good artists.  Brittany Roe, Bobbie Cryner, Anita Cochran, Danni Leigh, Heather Myles, and many others found their careers stalled out by the simple fact that they recorded a style of music a decade or two after anyone was playing it. Sherry Lynn stands poised to be the next victim of this trend, but she does have another decade of time on her side.  Radio airplay is no longer the fastest way to get into people’s homes and Lynn will not have try to tweak her sound to fall on one side of the dial or the other. Here’s hoping A Beautiful Life finds its way onto plenty of Spotify lists this summer.