Thankfully, Bird’s singular musical style—a chalky blend of roots-rock, country and pop—and her mighty, mighty roar cancel out any thematic fumbles entirely and make Jade Bird one of the more impressive solo debuts of the year so far.
On its own, the album is loud, sometimes cranky and also the least essential entry in Simpson’s catalog so far.
Morris’ endearing and earnest second album is country-pop polished for radio that still feels down-to-earth. And the best part—it’s an antithesis to the frat-guy, country-rap tomfoolery dominating the charts.
Of this album’s 12 graceful, all equally important tracks, several bring new content to the country table.