Ticket to L.A. Is A Surprisingly Refreshing Take On The Country Pop Format

Written by camjameson
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In the late-noughties, Country Pop had developed into this amazing new frontier that did away with the stigma of Country music’s redneck, Honky Tonk sensibilities, opening the genre up to a more Pop-centric demographic & bridging the gap between the previously niche market & the rest of the music-loving world, especially with Folk & Indie music making such a big splash around 2010; It was suddenly cool to like Country music, leading to many a heartthrob jumping into the fray for one reason & one reason only – Girls. The sensitivity of Country Pop meant all these big burly dudes could flex their stuff whilst appealing to feminine audiences, but this would be their downfall as the scene quickly devolved into a cesspool of generic chord progressions, boring narratives & tired tropes – Then along came Brett Young, flashing an endearing smile & delivering soundscapes overflowing with genuine love & character, turning the industry on its head & giving his contemporaries a run for their money.

Disarming Audiences With Charm & Whimsy

It’d be disingenuous to say Brett Young has come a long way since his self-titled album Brett Young, as he hasn’t changed his tune much from the already spectacular songs he released for his first studio outing, but he’s certainly refined his signature style to outstanding levels of polish. He’s a hopeless romantic through & through, charging forward with his heart on his sleeve in tracks like “The Ship And The Bottle” & turning up the ­‘poor me’ vibes in the fantastically groovy “Where You Want Me,” able to seamlessly play both sides of the coin whilst maintaining a level of endearment that puts a smile on your face whether he’s head-over-heels in love or broken down with depression – Few can capture that same spark, but Brett Young does it wonderfully.

Carrying A Loose Concept From Beginning To End

Concept albums aren’t anything new in the music world, but they’re few & far-between when it comes to Country music. As surprising as it may seem, that’s something that sets Ticket to L.A. apart from the riff raff, its interconnected story weaving through all of the songs on the album & taking you on a journey that convinces you to stay just to see how everything pans out – From the moment “Ticket to L.A.” hits, it’s clear Brett Young is embarking on an adventure of passion that’ll take him far from the city he knows & loves towards a new destiny. He loosely adheres to this storyline, connecting the dots in “Reason To Stay” & “Runnin’ Away From Home,” but he also writes the rest of the songs in such a fashion that they can stand out on their own without feeling disparate from the overarching story, giving his listeners the option of enjoying it all as one big narrative record or a selection of cleverly-worded love songs.

Embracing Sensitivity Without Sacrificing Masculinity

Another factor which defines Brett Young’s Ticket to L.A. is his firm & earnest grasp on emotional sensitivity, delivering his thoughts with as much delicacy as he does sex appeal, perfectly balancing the qualities expected of a man with the attributes the fairer sex wishes men were more capable of – It’s far too common to see Country Pop artists – I’m lookin’ at you, Florida Georgia Line – compensating for their cheery vocal timbres by injecting all manner of raunchiness & urban slang into their lyrics to appeal to modern audiences, but not Brett Young; He rips his heart open on songs like “Change Your Name,” displaying his aching heart for all to see, but he supports this with a headstrong attitude & promises you can believe in, his reliability becoming the overwhelming sex appeal that gives him such a radiant shine.

Possibly Leading Country Pop Back On Track

As majestic as Country Pop was in its infancy, it was quickly derailed from 2015 to 2018 when the genre fully-embraced the Electronic music scene & lost all of its Country twang, bringing about the revival of Red Dirt, Outlaw & Traditional Country sounds, but that doesn’t mean the genre should be thrown away altogether; With painfully heart-wrenching songs like “Don’t Wanna Write This Song,” Brett Young shows that there’s life in the more romantic side of Country Pop yet, so long as you know how to correctly milk it for what it’s worth – With this latest entry, he proves unequivocally that Kane Brown shouldn’t be the rubric by which the genre is standardized, rather Country Pop should aim to be more earnest & inclusive in its songwriting endeavours – Of course, the power of sex is hard to break free from, so his efforts could just as easily be moot given why people get into this genre to begin with.

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Ticket to L.A. is the second studio album by American country music singer Brett Young. It was released on December 7, 2018, through Big Machine Label Group. Its lead single, "Here Tonight" (co-written by Charles Kelley of the group Lady Antebellum), was released in September 2018. The track listing for the album was released on September 10, 2018. Young co-wrote ten of the album's thirteen tracks.
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