Country songstress Sunny Sweeney released her sophomore album Concrete on August 23, 2011, via her record label, Republic Nashville.
A Texas darling, Sweeney co-wrote seven of the album’s ten tracks, showcasing her songwriting ability.
Her CD opens with her current single “Drink Myself Single.” It is followed by her spitfire Top 10 hit “From a Table Away,” which Sweeney co-wrote from the perspective of the paramour.
In the upbeat “The Old Me,” Sweeney’s vocals are reminiscent to those of country sensation Miranda Lambert.
“Amy” is vocally stunning which would also make a fitting choice as a future radio single. Equally remarkable are “It Wrecks Me,” “Mean As You” and the concluding song “Fall for Me.”
My personal favorite tune is the album’s second single, the catchy “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving.” It is a pity that the song only peaked in the Top 40, since it is an exquisite recording, sung with conviction.
It closes with the up-tempo, Carolyn Dawn Johnson-penned “Fall for Me.”
All in all, Sunny Sweeney shines on her latest release Concrete. Her music shows traces of Patsy Cline, juxtaposed with the sounds of Natalie Maines (from the Dixie Chicks) and Miranda Lambert. Sweeney’s voice is versatile, where she is able to excel on up-tempo tunes and powerhouse ballads with equal ease.
With Concrete, Sweeney proves that she is a true force to be reckoned with in the country scene. Brett Beavers is one brilliant producer. The only downside is that it only consists of ten tracks; however, all are well-crafted, well-produced, and co-written with captivating lyrics.
Do not be surprised if you will see Sweeney’s name in the lineup for “Top New Artist” awards at next year’s CMA and ACM award ceremonies.
CD Rating: A