Road Between [Enhanced]

Road Between [Enhanced]

by Lucy Hale
     
 

Lucy Hale portrays Aria Montgomery, the hippest of all the Pretty Little Liars, so there's a slight cultural dissonance by her decision to sing contemporary country, not pop, on her 2014 debut album, Road Between. It's country in its intent and often in its pedigree -- the record is largely produced by ex-Whiskeytown memberSee more details below

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Lucy Hale portrays Aria Montgomery, the hippest of all the Pretty Little Liars, so there's a slight cultural dissonance by her decision to sing contemporary country, not pop, on her 2014 debut album, Road Between. It's country in its intent and often in its pedigree -- the record is largely produced by ex-Whiskeytown member Mike Daly (who went on to co-write with Jason Mraz), Kacey Musgraves co-wrote "That's What I Call Crazy," and Joe Nichols duets on "Red Dress" -- but the feel of Road Between is pristine pop, thanks in large part to Hale's crisp, chipper delivery. Grit is a foreign concept to Hale, a point that's accentuated on "Red Dress" when Nichols' baritone twang makes her precise enunciation seem extra earnest, but that eagerness to please is also often charming, particularly when combined with Daly's bright production. Generally, Road Between is better when it's lighter. When the tempo slows, so does the momentum, but it's not Hale's fault; she handles the melodrama well, scaling emotional peaks with the aplomb of a music theater student, but the ballads are often overblown, emphasizing production instead of tune. Conversely, the sprightlier moments -- which include Shania-styled foot-stomps like "Goodbye Gone" and also the swaying, midtempo summer song "From the Backseat" -- are strongly melodic and Daly accentuates the hooks expertly, piling on the guitars, backing vocals, and keyboards without seeming excessive or burying Hale's voice. When this formula works -- and it often does, highlighted by the effervescent first single "You Sound Good to Me," the breezy "Kiss Me" (not a Sixpence None the Richer cover but nevertheless sounding as if it could've fit on the soundtrack to She's All That), and the mild swagger of "Lie a Little Better" -- Road Between is irrepressibly charming commercial pop. [An Enhanced Version added a bonus CD-R track.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2014
Label:
Dmg Nashville
UPC:
0050087307455
catalogNumber:
002020792
Rank:
21790

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucy Hale   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Jimmy Nichols   Piano,Strings,Celeste,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Mike Daly   Background Vocals
F. Reid Shippen   Percussion
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
Lucie Silvas   Background Vocals
Jenifer Wrinkle   Background Vocals
Rachel Reinert   Background Vocals
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Jimmie Sloas   Bass
Charlie Judge   Strings,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Ukulele
Fancy Hagood   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Derek Bason   Engineer,Digital Editing
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Mark Bright   Producer
Mike Daly   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
F. Reid Shippen   Programming
James Slater   Composer
Tony Castle   Digital Editing
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Melissa Peirce   Composer
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Adam Ayan   Mastering
Lucy Hale   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Sean Neff   Digital Editing
David Huff   Digital Editing
Lucie Silvas   Composer
Catt Gravitt   Composer
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Todd Clark   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Kacey Musgraves   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Jimmy Robbins   Composer
Charlie Judge   Programming,String Arrangements,String Writing
J.T. Harding   Composer
Nicolle Galyon   Composer
Jonathan Ian Green   Composer
Jessica Lee Mitchell   Composer
Andy Dogg   Composer

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