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Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically Is The Taylor Swift We Never Got To Have

Written by camjameson
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Though she probably hates the comparison many have suggested over the years, Kelsea Ballerini is one of the last holdovers of the more traditional feminine voice of Country Pop music, staying true to the more innocent, old-fashioned viewpoints on teenage relationships whilst advocating for better standards of living for women throughout the genre. Taylor Swift once held our attention in these circles of thought, providing endless jams with a lighthearted spirit & a youthful exuberance, but as she & other heavy-hitters like Kacey Musgraves & Lauren Alaina have tried to push their sounds in a much stronger, often delightfully-feminist direction, the more underappreciated aspects of Teen Pop within Country have fallen to the wayside, leaving younger audiences without that bouncy, willfully-ignorant sound they need to keep their formative years bright & jolly like it used to be – With Unapologetically, Kelsea Ballerini turns the tables, capturing that exuberant spirit we love & creating an album full of nothing but catchy road-trip bangers you’ll happily sing along to when no one’s around.

Evoking The Spirit Of Youth In Every Song

As mentioned, Unapologetically is all about the adolescent fantasy, with Kelsea Ballerini delivering songs about teenage romance, unrequited love, growing pains & many more staples of the noughties-era Teen Pop movement; Sure, much of this aesthetic can be seen as problematic in today’s more mature reality, perpetuating stereotypes of feminine submission & unrealistic expectations of what relationships should be for a growing individual, but there’s a distinct sense of fun, reckless abandon & unrestrained positivity that makes every track incredibly entertaining to listen to – Take “Legends” for example, a track all about cherishing the happy mistakes in life & the tender moments you’ve shared with someone you truly love, reflecting on them in times of trouble to bring you strength when you need it most; It’s undoubtedly corny & can be a bit embarrassing to listen to for anyone over 18 years of age, but the instrumentation is bright & jubilant with an uplifting sense of hope that can just as well inspire youths towards respecting their partners more wholeheartedly than most modern relationship songs would ever dare to express – Love should be championed, not shunned.

Captivating Charm Gives Generic Country Pop A Bit Of Pizazz

One of the things that made everyone fall in love with Taylor Swift in the first place was her unflappable air of calm in the face of adversity, especially for an artist who was so young in the height of her popularity; Her music was about cherishing innocence & the sheer importance of discovering life’s inconsistencies on your own terms, growing up at a rate that felt comfortable for you rather than trying to accept all outside influences – Within Unapologetically & especially songs like the brooding “Graveyard” or the self-referential “Miss Me More,” Kelsea Ballerini tries to show that you can’t always be one step ahead of the issues you’ll face in life because you can’t recognize red flags until you’ve experienced them yourself, learning to accept what you can’t control & growing as a person in turn, building better bonds with your familial & platonic support groups whilst figuring out who you are as well.

A Guilty Pleasure You Won’t Have To Defend

From around 2013 to now, the music industry at large has tried its best to push younger music acts towards a more mature sound, with acts like Selena Gomez & Ariana Grande leading the charge for today’s sexual revolution – well, acceptance more than revelatory – as the market opts for darker tones & less fantastical views of the shitty world we all live in. Sometimes, you just want a break from all the over-sexualization & reality-checks that tell you love is dead or that Trap percussion beats are the most amazing thing in the world – Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically is that lunch break, packed to the brim with joyous soundscapes & catchy melodies that make you feel good from the inside out, reminding you that not everything in life has to be grim & jaded; As such, blasting “Get Over Yourself” or the very Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.”-esque “Fun And Games” should be seen as a requirement to your own sanity instead of jams you need to listen to in private.

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Kelsea Nicole Ballerini (born September 12, 1993) is an American country pop singer and songwriter. She released her first album The First Time in 2015, and her second album Unapologetically was released on November 3, 2017. She received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Ballerini's two albums have accounted for seven charted songs on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. She has four No. 1 singles on the latter, starting with her debut single "Love Me Like You Mean It", which made her the first female artist to send a debut single to the top of that chart since Carrie Underwood in 2006. It was followed by "Dibs" and "Peter Pan", whose peaks also made her the first female country artist to send her first three singles to the top of that chart since Wynonna Judd. Ballerini's fourth No. 1 single is "Legends".
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