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  • Summary: The second full-length Columbia Nashville release for the country singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Brothers Osborne and Brandi Carlile.
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GIRL
Man, this shit's unflattering, all up in my head again I don't feel myself right now, maybe I should just lay down If vanity's my vitamin, well, I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 8, 2019
    88
    Girl is every bit as much a country album as her 2016 debut, “Hero.”
  2. Mar 8, 2019
    80
    What's impressive about Girl though is how strong Morris's vocals have grown, along with the maturity and uniqueness of each song. It's clear that Girl isn't a sophomore slump, but rather an album worth investing in.
  3. Mar 8, 2019
    71
    GIRL probably won’t drum up quite the same level of critical spectacle as Golden Hour, but Morris’ endearing and earnest second album is country-pop polished for radio that still feels down-to-earth.
  4. Mar 8, 2019
    70
    By foregrounding her lyrical intent and offering no room for interpretation, Morris winds up with songs that feel less imaginative than their execution, a flaw that is by no means fatal but does mean that Girl plays on a smaller scale than intended.
  5. Mar 11, 2019
    63
    Taken as a whole, it’s hard to imagine the audience who enjoys every corner of this album. It’s even harder to imagine the artist Morris really wants to be.
  6. Mar 12, 2019
    50
    The best songs on “Hero” were disarmingly detailed, and sometimes funny. “Girl,” however, tips away from those strengths in favor of self-help bromides broad enough to exclude no one.
  7. Mar 8, 2019
    40
    For all the biographical sincerity, Morris’s songs about unfettered good times feel unconvincing. Morris has a compellingly hardbitten voice that’s wasted on the boozy camaraderie of All My Favourite People and the blown-out Flavour, not to mention the twee, plinky-plonky A Song for Everything, which strings together nostalgic tropes to push cheap emotional buttons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Mar 9, 2019
    10
    Dei 10 só para balancear a nota, várias pessoas revoltadas só porque não é um álbum inteiramente country, O disco tem country, r&b, dance eDei 10 só para balancear a nota, várias pessoas revoltadas só porque não é um álbum inteiramente country, O disco tem country, r&b, dance e pop muito misturados, o problema nem foi essa mistura, mas sim a decepção se compararmos com o potencial da Mare. Expand
  2. Mar 12, 2019
    8
    While comparisons are obviously going to be made to Maren's first album Hero, I find this album to be better, more refined sound andWhile comparisons are obviously going to be made to Maren's first album Hero, I find this album to be better, more refined sound and production. If you embrace Maren's pop-country styling, there is a lot to like here. Several tracks like The Feels, Common, and Gold Love lean toward adult contemporary. Tracks like RSVP & The Bones have a R&B flavor, while GIRL and All My Favorite People lean towards a more guitar heavy/pop-rock sound. While there may be a lack of a defining theme running throughout, the album as a whole is very good. There is a little something for everyone, and while first listen may tend to throw listeners off while trying to it compare to Hero, after a second or third listen, many of the tracks start to shine. Expand
  3. Apr 2, 2019
    4
    Morris potential is FAR from what this album showed. Bad and forced lyrics, a “solid” but non-special production and incohesive lyrics madeMorris potential is FAR from what this album showed. Bad and forced lyrics, a “solid” but non-special production and incohesive lyrics made the whole album boring and even a little bit inovative. Morris tried to put modern-country and rock vibes that didn’t worked, and i can say that “The Bones” and “Girl” were the less worst tracks on the album. (4/10) Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2019
    3
    Maren is immensely talented, there is no question, but compared to HERO this was a disappointment. Even more disappointing is labeling this aMaren is immensely talented, there is no question, but compared to HERO this was a disappointment. Even more disappointing is labeling this a country record. Call it like it is. It's pop. Which is fine, just own it. If you look at it as a pop record, it's probably fine, but I expected better songwriting and less **** production. For the most part it seems forgettable. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2019
    2
    I'll echo the sentiments of others here. It's very concerning that this is being advertised as a country album when it is anything but that.I'll echo the sentiments of others here. It's very concerning that this is being advertised as a country album when it is anything but that. Some songs are fairly decent pop songs, but overall the production and weak lyrics make this an average at best release from Maren, who has the vocal chops and talent to do much better.

    For an artist whose personal branding is built around calling it like it is, and owning who you are, it's confusing to me that she wouldn't take that same approach when it comes to marketing her music. There's a disconnect there, and it does no favors for her authenticity as an artist.
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  6. Mar 8, 2019
    1
    As a country fan, it is wildly disappointing to see this marketed as a country record, when songs on this record span just about every genreAs a country fan, it is wildly disappointing to see this marketed as a country record, when songs on this record span just about every genre except country.

    Her debut 'Hero' was boundary pushing pop-country that sat perfectly on the line between pop and country, and this sophomore album was highly anticipated with many curious to see which direction she would go, and whether she could recreate the same magic that won hearts with 'Hero'. Unfortunately for country fans, instead of finding that balance again, Maren has crossed the line into pop territory completely with 'GIRL'.

    I see this record being very polarizing - diehard fans of Maren will enjoy this record regardless of the genre it falls into, despite it not even being particularly great pop music. However, for fans of the country genre and its unique qualities and traditions, this record is a miss.

    Sadly due to "stan" culture these days we'll see Maren get a free pass for marketing a blatantly pop record as country, and the country radio airwaves will continue to be clogged with pop music as others follow her lead, while hard-working artists making real country music will continue struggling to be heard.

    2/10 because I enjoyed the collaboration with Brandi Carlile
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  7. Mar 8, 2019
    0
    Disappointing. A mediocre, over-produced pop record that has drunkenly stumbled into the 'country' category on iTunes. Someone hail thisDisappointing. A mediocre, over-produced pop record that has drunkenly stumbled into the 'country' category on iTunes. Someone hail this record a cab outta here. Expand

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