Most people know Lucy Hale for her starring role as Aria Montgomery in the hit ABC Family drama “Pretty Little Liars,” but many people don’t realize that music is Hale’s first love. When Hale was only twelve years old, she competed on the American Idol spinoff, American Juniors, and won. When she was fifteen years old, she moved from her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to Las Angeles, California to pursue her music career. When things didn’t fall into place right away for her music, she pursued an acting career, but never strayed far from music. In nearly every role she has ever played, even her role as Aria Montgomery, she has sung a song or two. Now, after a long time coming, the time has finally arrived for her to release her very first album, “Road Between.” “Road Between” is a country album written with a theme inspired by love—love from a girlfriend, love from family, and love from self.
I personally thought she did such a fantastic job singing the pop songs on her movie, “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song” that like many others, I was skeptical when I learned that Lucy Hale had come out with a country album. However, because I grew up on country music, I chose to listen to Hale’s album despite my doubts. Upon listening to her album, I was grateful that I did. With powerful vocals, catchy beats, and relatable lyrics, Hale’s album is sure to become an album that present and future fans will remember for many years to come.
With her songs “From the Backseat,” “Road Between,” and “Feels Like Home,” Hale shows the importance of remembering your roots. “From the Backseat” reminisces about family memories, first dates, and prom nights, while “Road Between” and “Feels Like Home” talk about how it’s important to remember home and the lessons you’ve learned through the years.
Her songs “Nervous Girls” and “My Little Black Wedding Dress” show that even though she’s a famous actress and singer, Lucy Hale struggles with insecurities every now again just like any other girl. “Nervous Girls” is very similar to the song “This One’s for the Girls” by Martina McBride and “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” by Kellie Pickler. It’s a song that depicts situations in which women face things like eating disorders and divorce. Toward the end of the song, Hale becomes as open and honest as anyone by singing “I’m that girl who’s just like you.” Later on in the album, Hale sings the song “My Little Black Wedding Dress” which is the anthem of any girl who feels like she’s “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” and “forever alone.” It’s my personal go to song when I’m feeling down and out while all my 20-something year old friends, friends who are my age, are off getting engaged, getting married, and having babies.
Now, what would a country album with strong female vocals be without depressing love songs and sassy break up songs? The answer would be, “Not a country album.” Considering the fact that Hale is a talented enough actress to make anyone cry, it should come as no surprise that she can make you cry with her lyrics as well. Therefore, should you ever feel like cuddling up in your bed with a bowl of ice cream and majorly depressing love songs, “Red Dress” with Joe Nichols and “Just Another Song” can and should be your go to songs from the album. Should you feel sassy and or angry about a guy who treated you wrong, then you should listen to “Goodbye Gone,” “That’s What I Call Crazy,” “Runaway Circus,” or “Those 3 Words.” Hale’s powerful vocals and fiery attitude in these songs could be compared to the same type of songs sung by artists like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift.
Finally, the album has incredibly sweet and totally relatable love songs like “You Sound Good to Me,” “Kiss Me,” “Lie a Little Better,” “Love Tonight,” and “Loved.” I personally recommend you listen to “Lie a Little Better,” which is a song about a girl who is crushing on a guy, and she doesn’t want him to know, but the words just slip out, so she feels idiotic and tries to take it all back. You should also listen to “Loved,” a very sweet and loving song about a girl telling her boyfriend that he doesn’t have to do anything special or fancy, as long as he loves her, tells her she’s beautiful, and reminds her that she means the world to him.
Ultimately, “Road Between” is a fantastic album, written with grace and talent for an artist who truly pours her heart and soul into every word she sings. It is an album that anyone could relate to in at least one way or another, and even when being as objective as possible, I cannot think of one reason as to why you should not go out and buy this album right this very moment.