Song of the Day #2,602: ‘The Weight of the Load’ – Ashley Monroe

ashley_monroe_bladeThis hasn’t been a great year for new releases, at least not so far. Upcoming albums from Ben Folds, Lana Del Rey, Adele and Rihanna might change that, or they might be too little too late.

At least one recent release, Ashley Monroe’s The Blade, has been a delightful standout.

I discovered Monroe as one third of Pistol Annies and really enjoyed her 2013 album Like a Rose, but The Blade puts her on a whole new level.

This is a country album, certainly, but a truly soulful one. I’d compare the sound to some of Bonnie Raitt’s best and most popular work.

Through tender ballads and winking country-pop cuts, Monroe is an engaging and reassuring presence. Her vocals are pristine, her delivery knowing. She has quickly vaulted herself into the top tier of artists I’m excited to follow. She’s already sitting behind her bandmate Miranda Lambert on my list of favorite country artists.

Here’s a nice track from The Blade, with an unfortunate title that makes it sound like a gastrointestinal condition.

[Verse 1]
The weight of the load
Brings everybody down
The rocks that they’ve thrown
Are killing you now

[Chorus]
When fear and doubts
Are calling you out
Well, I’ll help you out
With the weight of the load

[Verse 2]
The hardest of hearts
Still can change
Alone in the dark
Broken and stained

[Chorus]
When fear and doubts
Are calling you out
Well, I’ll help you out
With the weight of the load

[Bridge]
When you’re at the end of your road
Thinking about giving up hope
True love’s gonna find you
This much I know
With the weight of the load

[Verse 3]
The weight of the load
Brings everybody down
The rocks that they’ve thrown
They’re killing you now

[Chorus]
When fear and doubts
Start calling you out
Well, I’ll help you out
With the weight of the load
The weight of the load
The weight of the load
The weight of the load
I’ll help you out
With the weight of the load
I’ll help you out

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,602: ‘The Weight of the Load’ – Ashley Monroe

  1. Dana says:

    Too much country, not enough blues for my taste. Perhaps other tracks sound more like Bonnie Raitt and less like Dolly Parton.

  2. Clay says:

    And what, pray tell, is wrong with Dolly Parton?

  3. Peg says:

    LOL on the title comment 🙂 She does sound like Dolly Parton a little, and I agree that the sound is more country then blues in this song anyway. I’m a Parton fan, but mostly because I like her personality. For blues give me kd lang 🙂

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