This is the second Random Weekend song this month from Ashley Monroe’s 2009 debut solo album, Satisfied. The first was ‘Let Me Down Again,’ featured here on July 3.
Today’s track, ‘Used,’ was familiar to me, even though I’m not very familiar with Satisfied. A YouTube search cleared things up, when the first clip of the song came from Like a Rose, Monroe’s 2013 sophomore album. That’s an album I have listened to quite a bit.
Here’s a song from Satisfied, the 2009 debut solo album by my second favorite Pistol Annie, Ashley Monroe.
I first discovered Monroe through her involvement in the Annies, a trio that also includes Angaleena Presley and my beloved Miranda Lambert. I picked up Monroe’s second and third albums, both excellent, before looping back around to this one.
Liz Phair’s 2010 album Funstyle was self-released by the artist after she left Capitol Records. The album followed a couple of poorly-received stabs at a more commercial sound and signaled her increasing dissatisfaction with the direction of her career.
Funstyle fared a bit better, critically, but just a bit. It also seemed for awhile like the last thing Phair would release, until she returned 11 years later with the well-reviewed Soberish.
I love when Random iTunes Weekends tip me off to new music. Ashley Monroe, for example, has a new album due out five days from now and I might not have learned that had she not popped up today.
Monroe hit my radar as one of the three Pistol Annies, then won me over as a solo artist with her 2013 album Like a Rose. Its follow-up, 2015’s The Blade, was an even stronger record, making my expectations sky high for the upcoming Sparrow.