Already the second EP of the year – while Lauren Alaina gave us her Getting Good in March 2020, she is now back with Getting Over Him. After I loved her release early in the year, I was curious, how it will be like to listen to these tunes.
Lauren Alaina – About The Artist
Lauren Alaina Kristine Sudddeth was born on 8th November 1994 in Rossville, Georgia – which is more or less the Southern tip of Chattanooga TN, which is also the town in which her father is working. Alaina had her first public appearances with a kids choir in very early years. At the age of twelve, she won the American Model and Talent competition in Orlando, where she beat 1,500 kids. In 2011, she boosted her career as the runner-up of American Idol that year. At the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, she was not only nominated as the Choice Female Country Artist, but also as the TV Female Reality Star. While these nominations were not successful, her 2011 debut album Wildflower went second in the US Country Charts and fifth in the all-genre ranking. The most prominent song of that album is likely her debut Like My Mother Does – even though it was not too high in the charts.
It took a while to boost her career again – in 2016, Road Less Traveled, which was also the title track of her 2017 album, was something like a second breakthrough. The song even topped the US Country Airplay charts. In 2019, she made it to the finals of Dancing With The Stars. In March 2020, Alaina already released her last EP, Getting Good, which just had average success. Some six months later, Getting Over Him is her fourth EP overall.
Lauren Alaina – Getting Over Him – Track by Track
The six track EP lasts 19 minutes.
The EP incepts with Run, which already has been quite big – and thus you likely know the song already. Just a nice country song with a pop touch. Nice!
Run Living life like it’s a highway, and we’re all stuck in drive Like a preacher on a Sunday, always going overtime Like the muddy water rushing in the river outside of town Yeah, the clock just keeps on running, and we can’t slow down No matter where we’re going No matter where we’re from Oh-oh, oh-oh We’re all born to run
2. If I Was a Beer
If I Was a Beer // I’d be cold, cold, cold… This angry break-up song is luckily no musical statement of serious schizophrenia, but a really cool and powerful country song. Very modern and a lot of fun to listen to.
3. Bar Back
Has Lauren Alaina listened to Lauren Jenkins? The story of the song reminds me strongly of My Bar from Lauren’s amazing debut album No Saint. Of course, the song is no cover or example of plagiarism, it just a story which seems to happen more frequently in US country love / break-up stories. Good listen.
4. Getting Over Him (feat. John Pardi)
The second song, which Lauren Alaina released before the EP release – how could you dare to put a John Pardi duet on the bulk list of songs without taking profit of the commercial potential? The song has a lot of power (what else would you expect of a Pardi duet?). I really love to listen to the song.
5. Seen You in Your Hometown
Seen You In Your Hometown is to me something like the most characteristic track of 2020 modern country. Rhythmic, strong focus on the chorus and just a good listen – even suitable on mainstream stations, not just country radio. Nice.
6. What Do You Think of? (feat. Lukas Graham)
The EP finishes with one of my favorite songs – What Do You Think of? with Lukas Graham is a lovely piano ballad. Very intimate. Lukas Grahams might be kind of squeaky here and there, but I still enjoy listening to the song.
Lauren Alaina – Getting Over Him – Spotify
Here is the Spotify link to Getting Over Him:
Lauren Alaina – Getting Over Him – My View
If you place six bets and have six hits, you should think about playing the German national lottery (which has the system of picking 6 out of 49 numbers). Not just after listening to Getting Over Him, I much rather enjoy Lauren Alaina in the studio and on stage than ending as a gambling addict – she is just delivering good music, the six tracks have very different characters – but they are all really good listens. Well done!