Lori McKenna, “Unglamorous”

Simply put, one of the best songs of the year. A glorious rundown of the mundane – wine in jelly glasses, threadbare rugs, bathtub rings – which elevates the no-frills existence of a family with five kids to something beautifully divine.

Country music likes to pretend that it’s all about real people, but sometimes it really is. This record is about real people, and by celebrating the everyday, minute details that seem so meaningless, it manages to honor working class America more than anything I’ve heard in a long time. Plus, she sings the hell out of it and the production absolutely sparkles. What’s not to love?

Grade: A+

Listen: Unglamorous

Buy: Unglamorous

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