Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler, Kellie Pickler

September 29, 2008 // 34 Comments

Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler is at an important crossroads. On her self-titled second album, she attempts to build on what must be an unexpectedly successful stay in Nashville. As a finalist on American Idol in 2006, she gained notable exposure, but the reality-show sweepstakes rarely produces significant long-term returns. After a pair of CMA nominations and sales of over 800,000 copies of her debut disc Small Town Girl, Pickler now faces a test. In a fickle marketplace where Carrie Underwood is the current queen of the country kingdom and Taylor Swift is its reigning princess, Pickler must discover her place. It’s not a matter of competition with the girl squad, but rather a need for her to establish an identity distinct from the other heroines of mainstream country music. But although her second disc has some nice moments, its main problem is that Kellie Pickler the person sometimes struggles to Read More

Kellie Pickler, “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful”

May 24, 2008 // 15 Comments

Pickler debuted this single on last week’s ACM awards to a great response, and no wonder. She was saddled with quite a bit of disposable material on her debut album, but “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” adds substance to the sincerity she already possesses in spades. When I first heard this, it reminded me of “This One’s For the Girls”, and it is similar to that Martina McBride hit. But McBride only sounded believable when she was talking to the older women in her song, while Pickler is most convincing when addressing the young girls who can’t afford designer jeans and who don’t want to go all the way in the back of that truck. I realize that teenage girls are a viable part of the country market right now, and I give credit to Pickler for addressing them without pandering to them. My initial skepticism of Pickler has faded. Read More

Kellie Pickler, “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind”

August 16, 2007 // 12 Comments

You know what? I enjoyed listening to this a lot. I smiled, I laughed a few times. It reminded me of Pickler when she was at her most endearing on Idol. Her personality shines through and the song itself is quite clever. Listen, if Mindy McCready isn’t going to get her act together and reclaim her quirky little niche in country music, Kellie Pickler might as well fill in for her! Grade: A- Listen: Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind Buy: Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind

Kellie Pickler, “I Wonder”

February 3, 2007 // 9 Comments

Kellie Pickler, “I Wonder” This is very heartfelt and sincere. Pickler speaks rhetorically to the mother who didn’t stick around to raise her. Her performance is perfectly delivered, with subtlety and understatement. The production overwhelms her in the bridge, where there are way too many strings, bells and whistles. I’d like to hear an acoustic version of this that allows Pickler to remain front and center through the whole thing. Grade: B+ Listen Now: I Wonder Buy Now: I Wonder

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