Song of the Day #3,926: ‘To Hell & Back’ – Maren Morris

Maren Morris is having a moment. The Nashville singer is coming off of the top five smash ‘The Middle’ (with producer/DJ Zedd) and just dropped ‘GIRL,’ her second full-length album to high sales and critical acclaim.

I didn’t spend a lot of time with Morris’ debut album, Hero, though I liked it well enough. I’m enjoying Girl a lot more.

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Song of the Day #3,851: ‘Giving Up the Gun’ – Vampire Weekend

It’s been six years since Vampire Weekend’s last album, the extraordinary Modern Vampires of the City.

Lots has happened since then, including the departure of key band member Rostam Batmanglij and a relationship between frontman Ezra Koenig and one of my celebrity girlfriends, Rashida Jones, which resulted in the birth of their first child last summer.

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Song of the Day #3,612: ‘The Middle’ – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

What do you know, back to back country performers in Billboard’s Top Ten! Maren Morris follows up her well-received 2016 album Hero by serving vocal duties on an EDM track by German DJ Zedd.

‘The Middle’ doesn’t exactly sound like a country/dance crossover. In fact, it was recorded by a laundry list of well-known performers before reaching Morris. Everybody from Tove Lo to Camila Cabello, Carly Rae Jepsen to Demi Lovato.

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Song of the Day #2,933: ‘I Wish I Was’ – Maren Morris

maren_morris_heroI have a few more new albums and songs to cover this week, starting with Hero, the major label debut of Texas native Maren Morris.

The 26 year-old Morris is a new-school country performer in the vein of Kacey Musgraves, with a modern sensibility and a love of pop and hip-hop that reveals itself in between the bars of her otherwise traditional country tunes. She also has a penchant for profanity, about which a New York Times reviewer wrote that “she’s breaking what may be country’s last remaining taboo.” You mean Johnny Cash never dropped an f-bomb?

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