Courtney Marie Andrews returns with a coming of age album, rich with introspective lyrics and beautifully arranged. Andrews shows a maturity far above her years, taking significant steps forward in her song writing on ‘Honest Life’.
Andrews Sticks to her folk and country roots, and her vocals are as individual as they are impressive. The track ‘How quickly your heart mends’ showcases why this young songwriter has been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell, and Carole King. Lyrically each track is a story to be told, they are personal and beautifully written. ‘Irene’, an upbeat track that serves as a conversion between Andrews and a jilted lover seeking advice, is woven with lyrical subtleties that makes for pleasurable listening.
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The album strikes a good balance between ballads and more upbeat tracks, all flowing seamlessly and well-paced. ‘Only in My Mind’ is perhaps the most candid yet stunning track on the album, a stripped back ballad in which Andrews haunting vocals are brutally honest.
Sonic-ally this album has a classic country sound with an acoustic/pedal steel guitar combination, and wonderful piano leads scattered throughout. Andrews self-produced the album and it is reflected in the end result. It feels relaxed and natural, somehow more personal knowing these exceptionally written songs were also produced by the artist.
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Overall ‘Honest Life’ is an essential album for all country/folk fans. Well written with beautiful vocals and insightful lyrics, Andrews has produced an outstanding piece of work which is hard to pick fault with. Miss this album at your own peril.