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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 6/3/2014
  • Label: Dmg Nashville
  • UPC: 050087307455
  • Catalog Number: 002020792
  • Sales rank: 6,650

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 Jr. 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
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
Todd Sherman Clark Composer
Jonathan Ian Green Composer
Jessica Lee Mitchell Composer
Andy Dogg Composer
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