Album Review: The Band Perry – The Band Perry

Blake Boldt | October 21st, 2010

The Band Perry - The Band PerryThe Band Perry’s full-length debut features producers Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) and Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), but they resist the urge to pump up their sound on this rootsy pop-country effort. The Perrys stumble sometimes with awkward, quirky lyrics that never quite gel, but this first effort is a promising start for the family trio.

The group–Kimberly Perry (lead vocals), and brothers Reid (bass guitar) and Neil (drums and mandolin)–has emerged as one of the brightest spots on country radio this summer with their project’s second single, “If I Die Young.” As Kimberly mourns her impending (and premature) death, “Young” glides along on a brisk, acoustic arrangement. “Sink me in the river at dawn,” Perry insists. “Send me away with the words of a love song.”

Love songs, in fact, are the band’s stock in trade, beginning with their debut single “Hip to My Heart,” a jaunty, lighthearted ode to a new crush that’s only dulled by its ditzy lyrics (“I like your lips like I like my cherry cola,” Kimberly admits.) They continue the romantic vibe on the surprisingly good Kara Dioguardi co-write, “Postcards from Paris,” which incorporates fiddle and mandolin to its pop-leaning sound. With their fresh, vibrant instrumentation, the brothers also blend in vocal harmonies with the skill of old pros.

But it’s the female partner in this collaboration that takes center stage. Kimberly, with her tart Southern twang, really shines when she’s been wronged by her man. Witness her simmering vocal on “You Lie,” an angry sermon to her lying beau. “That ain’t my perfume,” she sneers. “I bet she had a curfew.”

This no-good suitor goes by many names. He’s a “serpent in the garden” on “Miss You Being Gone,” and a “tilt-a-whirl” on the melancholy “Lasso.” In the end, the album, much like Swift’s recent efforts, is the portrait of a maturing young woman seeking love on her own terms. The best example may be “Independence,” where Kimberly recalls Martina McBride’s signature hit with a soaring vocal that springs from a girl on the verge.

3.5 Stars

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  1. [...] Blake Boldt, of “The 9513” country music blog wrote, “With their fresh, vibrant instrumentation, the brothers also blend in vocal harmonies with the skill of old pros.” And they set the backdrop for big sis Kimberly to sing out with her raw, unrefined voice that is all attitude and southern twang (in a very unannoying sort of way). [...]
  1. Ben Foster
    October 21, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I loved this album. Agree on the point about the lyrics though, but this album has a fantastic sound to it, and Kimberly does a great job as lead vocalist. The Band Perry is one of my favorite new acts in quite some time.

  2. Nicolas
    October 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Love “If I Die Young” and after listening to the clips for this album, I’d say that it sounds very good. Looking forward to getting this!

  3. Freddy
    October 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Although some of the lyrics might be a bit quirky, the hooks and choruses are infectious on every song on the album. And despite the sort of pop-country leanings, they still find ways to keep things musically credible (with compelling bridges/middle 8s that are totally unexpected). Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised — especially since you can buy the actual CD for $7 at BBuy. Definitely worth a spin.

  4. Scooter
    October 22, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I really like this group. They are not the typical teen pop that we get so tired of hearing. I was almost ashamed that I liked them when I heard some of the lyrics, but after listening to more I think they will be big. Great look and sound.

  5. SamB
    October 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Still waiting for this album to arrive, and looking forward to it! And now I’ve seen The 9513 give it a good review, I’m looking forward to it even more!

  6. Joseph
    October 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I really liked If I Die Young, but I was still a bit cautious over whether to buy their new album. I might have to actually go and check this out now.

  7. Leeann Ward
    October 23, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Great sound.

  8. Joe
    November 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

    These reviews crack me up. I have read 3 reviews in the last 30 minutes or so and I have spotted a couple minor, yet pitiful, mistakes. If you are reviewing someone’s work – and you are going to criticize it – please make sure you know what you are talking about – including what the song is about (not this review) and including the right lyrics…

  9. troy pollock
    December 5, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    the band perry like you said if i die young LIFESGREAT value it

  10. Jon
    December 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    My pal Brandon Godman, who plays fiddle with The Band Perry, tells me they’ll be on the ACA show tomorrow night; I reckon I’ll have to check that out.

  11. Abbey
    December 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    This is a great album. I disagree that Indepedence recalls Martina McBride’s song. Other than the fact that the titles share the same word, they sounds COMPLETELY different and are about COMPLETELY different things. (by the way, I love that track). Sort of a shallow review. A song that wasn’t mentioned is Walk Me Down the Middle which is (I think) the best ballad on the album.


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