First Time

The First Time

by Kelsea Ballerini
     
 

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There's an innocence to the title of The First Time that suits Kelsea Ballerini. Twenty-one years old at the time of The First Time's 2015 release, Ballerini sometimes skews herself even younger, singing of new loves and teenage dreams, and she shows a facility with modern R&B rhythms that marks her as young country singer. Beneath this guise, she's

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There's an innocence to the title of The First Time that suits Kelsea Ballerini. Twenty-one years old at the time of The First Time's 2015 release, Ballerini sometimes skews herself even younger, singing of new loves and teenage dreams, and she shows a facility with modern R&B rhythms that marks her as young country singer. Beneath this guise, she's savvier than she initially seems, a strong songwriter with an assured grasp on her persona. At times, she may resemble a pre-pop Taylor Swift -- this is especially true of her ballads, a place where she reveals a vulnerability along with some narrative flair -- but Ballerini, despite bearing writing credits on every one of the album's 12 songs, is more a part of the Nashville machine than Swift ever was. Ballerini happily slides into bright, chipper tunes -- the sweet defiance of the lead single "Love Me Like You Mean It," the near-novelty of "Dibs" -- and the overall record bears a crisp, clean sheen that makes it ideal for radio. Despite such clear commercial intentions, the charming thing about The First Time is that it doesn't pander, never relying on either its shiny sound or cloying hooks. The songs and the overall feel are expert extensions of Ballerini's personality, one that's innocent but not naïve, one that's bright and hopeful but never cutesy.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2015
Label:
Black River Ent.
UPC:
0851491003120
catalogNumber:
2015
Rank:
572

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelsea Ballerini   Primary Artist
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Kevin Savigar   Piano
Jason Massey   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Adam Haynes   Fiddle
Josh Kerr   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jesse Lee   Background Vocals
Forest Glen Whitehead   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Kenneth Coca   Cello
Jennifer Denmark   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gerald O'Brien   Composer
Kevin Savigar   Composer
Scott Stepakoff   Composer
Jason Massey   Programming,Producer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Lance Carpenter   Composer
Jordyn Shellhart   Composer
Keesy Timmer   Composer
Robert Chavers   Art Direction
Josh Kerr   Composer
Jesse Lee   Composer
Jason Duke   Composer
Ryan Griffin   Composer
Forest Glen Whitehead   Composer,Programming,Producer
Kelsea Ballerini   Composer
Jennifer Denmark   Composer

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