Margo Price - Strays
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Spectrum_Pulse
NR

I noted my contentious thoughts on Margo Price when I reviewed her 2020 album - a potent singer-songwriter live, hampered by underweight writing and really frustrating production.

But hey, maybe getting weirder this time, and… how are we four albums in, working with Father John Misty’s producer for robust arrangements, and the keys are still this weedy and ugly, plus vocal mixing inconsistent at best to smothering at worst? It’s just distracting from the faux-psychedelic ... read more

70

has the most ear catching lyrics of january. kinda loses its direction but a good listen nonetheless

cosmonaut05
65

Margo Price is clearly a strong writer and performer, however most of this record didn't quite grab my attention. Country isn't a very familiar genre to me but I wanted to give this one a go after enjoying Angel Olsen's 'All the Good Times', which has a lot of country influences. I can appreciate her attention to storytelling, but some the tracks felt a bit long-winded, so I wasn't able to quite enjoy this album as much as I would've liked to.

Favourite Tracks: Lydia, Landfill

throatgoeat
77

Country music is an unusual genre for me. But this singer represents it so well. It's a kaleidoscope of different aspects of country music. Somewhere she looked and took something from pop music, somewhere from rock. And that's what makes it work. It all sounds like fresh music, although there are moments of self-repetition.

The album's opener is probably the most cheerful and energetic song. And if at the beginning it sounds cool and it charges you, then at the fifth minute without any ... read more

wesantana
80

Tranquilo, equilíbrio, polido e a qualidade só cresce até o final do álbum. Destaque para Hell In The Heatland

GreatestAOTYs
75

Strays is a well engineered and performed LP that fully plays into its freewheeling loose nature to engage in feelings through expressive and poetic pop-country ballads; with a flare for exploration that occasionally lead it back to its beginnings.

JacobStandridge
50

Strays is a beautifully produced Heartland Country record that unfortunately feels bland and twice its length. Admittedly, this style of country music isn't my favorite, but there have been examples that have grown on me over the years. This record however was not one of them. The instrumentals are actually quite nice. Good use of acoustic guitars, organs, and slide guitars. I think that the performances are also really good. The mix is tight and produced very well. Vocals are also really sweet ... read more

ReKlinerReviews
75

When you get past the outer layer of country music, that being the bro-country that dominates country radio, you will find that there is some great country music that exists. This album is a good example of that. Pretty consistently good song writing is available throughout this album as well as some pretty good instrumentation as well. The band backing her has a style that shows a more progressive style of country with little mixes of other subgenres of country mixed in which helps give ... read more

northsidernow
79

I've been following Margo Price since I heard her 2020 record, That's How Rumors Get Started. I hadn't fully loved it, but there was one song, "What Happened To Our Love?" which I felt was a masterpiece of country pop. I'm glad to say that Strays is like if that one song was stretched to a full album. Margo's voice has never sounded better: she manages to use he ful range for different types of songs, from softly sung ballads like "Lydia" or "Country Road" to the ... read more

zivelius
79

alright, i take it back. THIS is my new favorite album of the year so far. this whole thing made me feel really bubbly and good inside. i'm really interested to check out her other music now. the blending of genres on this was great, and price's songwriting is super lively and charismatic. just an overall great listen.

winitheju
69

I'm happy if this brings her some more attention, but this is really her worst to date :(

LucasLannister
60

Qué voz realmente. Me gusta más cuando se pone para el lado del blues o un folk más psicodelico que cuando es full country.

iamonasty
NR

Decent americana record from the always consistent Margo. The Nasheville production comes through which makes for some nice background listening but doesn't do her any favors to set this apart from other country/folk releases this year (i.e. Labrador, Rozi Plain). A lot of these tracks will most likely find their way into coffee house playlists for the next few years until the next Tennessee star comes along.

SonicDiscovery
81

I have found Margo Price to be a committed songwriter that has produced great music thus far, but her latest album Strays takes more sonic risks than before, that end up broadening her sound and results in maybe her best album yet. Country rock is the most prominent sound found here, with the opener “Been To The Mountain” being a great example of it, as later “Change Of Heart” invoking some Tom Petty vibes, “Hell In The Heartland” harking back to 70’s ... read more

parktronix
NR

This was a good album. Goes from alt rock to wide open country songs, sometimes in the same song. "County Road" is Neil Young and Crazy Horse in their prime.
Favorite Tracks: "Change of Heart", "County Road", "Hell in the Heartland"

District1
30

Laaaaaaame

ENUNEZ
76

Shocked to see so much people find this underwhelming or even boring, I really liked a lot of the sounds and messages this was going for. It's not a mind-blowing album by any means and I'm sure there will be a lot more promising albums in the future, but I really dug this for someone who has rarely dug into Americana or Country music. I think there are a lot of pleasant sounding songs with good uses of soothing piano and guitar mixed with Margo Price's very expressive singing, which can sound ... read more

OneSpaltReview
76

By the time Margo Price released her acclaimed debut album Midwest Farmer's Daughter in 2016, she was a married woman and the mother to her son, having already seen life at its cruellest as she lost her other son shortly after birth. So, when she sings "I've been a child and I've been a mother / I've been a victim and I've been a tumour" on the opening "Been to the Mountain," you better believe it.

Most of Strays, her fourth album, peddled between laid-back, Stevie ... read more

natyralypoebaly
62

Margo Price - Strays

country pop, contemporary country

tracklist:
Been to the Mountain // 70
Light Me Up [feat. Mike Campbell] // 65
Radio [feat. Sharon Van Etten] // 70
Change of Heart // 70
County Road // 80
Time Machine // 75
Hell in the Heartland // 70
Anytime You Call [feat. Lucius] // 70
Lydia // 60
Landfill // 60
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tracklist points: 62
vocals points: 0
lyrics points: 0
production & mix points: 0
additional points: 0

final result: 62//100

nah_
69

Decent. Honestly a pretty catchy record. A little basic, but charming in a way that doesn't gravitate towards disliking it automatically. While Strays doesn't interest me all that much, it has a nice sound that makes it pretty listenable. There are some highs like Light Me Up and County Road, but some more meh songs like Change Of Heart which I think is repetitive and slightly uninspired but catchy.

I think where this album shines is its catchiness. While some of this album seems slightly ... read more

thefinschise199
78

Margo Price bounces back after her last, much glitzier album, with an album that plays to her fantastic strengths. This is a wonderfully wrote, passionately performed Country record with plenty of bluesy jams and awesome intense character studies. If you’re into modern Country in any way whatsoever, this is an album you won’t want to miss. I just wish the very few blemishes here weren’t so awful.

Give A Listen To: "Been to the Mountain", "Light Me Up", ... read more

Sykelone
62

I find myself straying away rather than being drawn in.

DJaycup
67

Beautiful voice, but bland.

TheCarioca
74

Been To The Mountain - 4/5
Light Me Up - 4/5
Radio - 3/5
Change Of Heart - 4/5
County Road - 5/5 ❤
Time Machine - 3/5
Hell In The Heartland - 3/5
Anytime You Call - 4/5
Lydia - 3/5
Landfill - 4/5

s3bbrs
75

Being a blend of pop, rock and country, this album is all in all very fun and quite a surprise. The lyrics have some real descriptive moments, and overall it's a fun lesson in branching out to different genres.

3 Favs: Change Of Heart, Country Road, Hell In The Heartland

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