If you've been anywhere near a country radio station or fan you've likely heard “Burning House” by now (it’s currently Top 5 at country radio at the release of Untamed) and while that song is worthy of any and all attention it is getting, it’s but the tip of the iceberg for Cam and her debut album Untamed. There’s an overt jovial Dixie Chicks meets Shania feel to songs like “Untamed” and “Half Broke Heart” but it’s the song “Hungover On Heartache” which blends 90s country styles with a modern production feel which brings that comparison home. It’s a song that can and should be a big radio hit after “Burning House,” should Arista choose to release it.
When talking about singles, we have to discuss “Mayday,” a song which showcases Tyler Johnson and Jeff Bhaskar’s production and how clever that is when backing up lyrics about heartbreak. It’s a mid-tempo ballad, a sweet spot for Cam’s crystalline voice, a voice which is crazy pure and strong, again recalling the Chicks’ Natalie Maines with a little bit of Carrie Underwood phrasing in other places. But make no mistake, Cam is no copycat. She’s making a unique brand of country music that has helped her stand out, which is why the choice to release “Burning House” was a stroke of genius on her record label’s part. That song is undoubtedly a heavenly slice of lyrical and melodic genius.
The strong ballads (mid tempo or otherwise) serve as the backbone of the record with “Cold In California” and “Village” worth the price of admission. “Village,” the closing song, is ripped from Cam’s life as she uses a lyric that just is brilliantly laid out. The metaphor of your heart being a village of memories and love and caring souls who are with you always, even if they pass away, is a strong one and perhaps the strongest one on the entire Untamed album.
It’s not often that artists release projects in the middle of December but that’s exactly what Cam is doing with her Arista Nashville/RCA Records debut Untamed. The album is an eleven track cornucopia of confident rhythms, rhymes and reason and instantly announces a major force in country music is about to blossom before our eyes.
Question: What's your favorite song (outside of "Burning House") from this album?
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