Family band ‘Pioneers’ a new sound

Country’s family band, The Band Perry, released their sec­ond album, “Pioneer,” on April 2. With a three-year gap between al­bum releases, the band has had a chance to channel their sound and make a very compelling album for country and pop audiences alike.

“If I Die Young” put the band on the charts and gave them fan bases in both the country and pop genres. Their self-titled album went on to produce four other ra­dio singles that had similar suc­cesses. However, their new al­bum truly emphasizes their own distinct and more mature sound.

“Pioneer” begins with the two singles already released from it, “Better Dig Two,” and “DONE.” Both placed well on country music charts and set the album up for success. Following these songs are ballads “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Pioneer.” Each show off Kimberly’s vocals and reveal a softer, more personal side to the band.

The a capella start to “Forever Mine Nevermind” followed by an angry verse and chorus gives off a vibe reminiscent to Miranda Lam­bert’s country angst where one can really see the state of mind the art­ist was coming from when writing the song. While all of their break-up-based songs could be com­pared to a Taylor Swift-like setup, The Band Perry creates their own type of break up music while fo­cusing on the sincerity of their lyr­ics and Kimberly’s voice.

Throughout “Pioneer” the band shows their ability to sing about heartbreak with “Night Gone Wasted,” “Chainsaw” and “I’m A Keeper,” but use the rest of their tracks for beautifully performed ballads.

“Pioneer” is truly a new page for The Band Perry and a step in the right direction for their current listeners and an expanding fan base. Their catchy lyrics and more refined sound are sure to stay in the minds of radio listeners this summer.

The Setonian gives this 5 out of 5 stars.

Samantha Giedris can be reached at Samantha.giedris@student.shu.edu .

Author: Samantha Giedris

Samantha Giedris is a senior journalism major with minors in political science and women and gender studies. She is currently the Managing Editor of The Setonian and a member of Alpha Phi Fraternity. In the past year, she has interned at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Birchbox. Samantha can be reached at samantha.giedris@student.shu.edu.

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