Country-pop singer Alee is a sweet joy in her album Bad Habit, a 9-track album with a pleasant radio friendliness. Bringing together the twangy pomp of country music with a modern sensibility, Alee creates a product that truly feels like a refreshing glass of lemonade on a summer’s day.
The record opens with “Turn This Night On,” a delightful country -rock cut with a definite pop sensibility. The track is absolute sonic joy that carries the honeyed energy of Alee’s vocals as she sings over a tight and crisp instrumental. “Turn This Night On” has a catchy hook, supplemented by some fantastic vocal harmonies and a twinkling banjo.
“Bad Habit” comes in on track two, a relateable post-breakup song that continues the record’s catchy energy. Once again, Alee shows off a sweet swagger that cuts right to the listener’s heart, delivering another of the eponymously named record’s more contagious hooks. The massive radio-accessibility here is difficult to unsee, with fans undoubtedly eating this one up sublimely.
In “Don’t Wait,” Alee shows off a much welcome and reckless swagger, with the charismatic singer delivering a more playful message. The track’s poppy and slightly electronic flavour add a fantastic danceable dimension to the record.
Track 4’s “When I Do” has a more sentimental flair that is warm and melodic in its delivery. Alee brings the record into more country-sounding territory, with her performance sounding intense and passionate as she spills her heart through each verse and chorus. Pitching one of her sweetest deliveries, “When I Do” will undoubtedly be a fan favourite.
Alee returns to her playful swagger in “Deal With It,” once again channeling a mankiller vibe especially as she cruises through each chorus. The tail end of each chorus is unexpectedly contagious, with Alee absolutely rounding out her solid performance. This contrasts beautifully with “Moonshine” on the next track, a wonderful banjo driven love song.
“Are You Alone” is another heartfelt song that shows off Alee’s ability to beautifully mix relateable intensity. Here, Alee adds a wonderful dimension of angst as she spills her heart in longing for a lost love. Fans are going to undoubtedly enjoy this track for its genuine message and accessibility, as well with the song’s overall breathtaking performance and composition.
In “Only The Strong Survive,” Alee dishes out a melodic anthem of desperation and strength, with Alee dishing out an earnest chorus.
The record ends on a fantastically sentimental and heart-tugging note with “Encore.” Here, Alee minces no words as she sings out a song about celebrating the last moments, with the chorus swelling warmly and overwhelmingly. Alee ends the song cinematically with a cut that is appropriate for goodbyes and breakups, making for an incredibly moving conclusion to Bad Habits.
Our only concern is that maybe Bad Habits plays things a little too safe. Several songs shine brightly throughout the record, but only a few really come close to really blowing us away. This doesn’t take away the fact that Bad Habits is a solid record; we would just like to see Alee really push the album to its fullest potential.
Rife with fantastic musicianship and put together by ear-pleasing production, Bad Habits by Alee is a solid country-pop record. Fans are going to absolutely relish this album for its elegant musicianship, coupled with an easy-listening sensibility.
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