Album Review: Cassadee Pope – Frame By Frame

Cassadee Pope breaks out with her debut solo album, becoming the second of the four winners of NBC’s The Voice to release a full-length album. Does the album suggest that she can have the kind of impact that Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson have had since starting their careers on rival program American Idol?

In many ways Frame By Frame positions Cassadee Pope right between Taylor Swift and Carrie Undwerood and there are times when the songs on the record remind me of each. Topics explored on the record range from escaping abuse (“Proved You Wrong”) to happy songs (“Good Times”), from Love songs (“This Car”) to songs dealing with divorce and its impact on the children caught in the middle (“11″).  

Three of the most interesting ‘love songs’ on the record are “Champagne,” “You Hear A Song” and “Easier To Lie.” The first one is a happy-go-lucky song about being love drunk while “You Hear A Song” finds Cassadee singing of exposing her vulnerability and letting her guard down to the man who sees the woman he loves, the one of his dreams. The last song is perhaps the most ‘traditional’ song on the record (outside of “11″) and that might be odd coming from pop writing team of Max Martin, Shellback and Savan Koetcha. “Easier To Lie” finds Pope singing a story of a woman who cheats on her man but when she sees the love he has for her, she can’t bring herself to admit her guilty deed.  

Every song on Frame By Frame has the potential to be a radio single after breakout single “Wasting All These Tears” which is a grrl power anthem in the same vein of Miranda Lambert’s string of strong-woman songs. “11″ is a special, song-of-the-year type of song, a song that feels like it could be her big star-making single, the one that announces the true arrival of a powerful, singer/songwriter, something which Cassadee Pope clearly is.