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.firstname.lastname@example.org .