Terri Clark has always been one of the female country acts who’ve broken the mold and empowered girls through her songs. With hit songs in the later half of the 90s like “Better Things To Do” and “Girls Lie Too,” Terri Clark says to the guys, I’m not going to cry over losing you or when you’re a jerk; I’m just going to do my own thing and not give you the pleasure of seeing me hurt. In fact, when the male domination of radio was heavy at the beginning of this year, Terri Clark declared the “bra-country” movement in hopes to bring more females back to the airwaves. It was just one of the many public backlashes against the bro country domination. Needless to say, when the queen of bra-country released her newest album, Some Songs, just nine months after coining the term, I was intrigued to see what she’d deliver. For the most part, this album is vintage Terri Clark: Upbeat country music behind a powerful female voice.
I really didn’t see a bad song worth calling out, so I’ll do a short track-by-track review for Terri Clark. Some Songs opens up with country-rocking “Here Comes Crazy.” This track is peppered with electric riffs with what sounds like a banjo driving the verses. It’s a good song about letting yourself go one night; showing off your crazy side after being a good girl for a little too long. The song sets the mood for the whole album and Terri’s vocals here are strong.
Next up is the title track. “Some Songs” is really about the importance of music and how songs offer “Three and half minutes of magic..so good then it’s gone.” Whether it’s a song of freedom and escape or a song of forgiveness and redemption, songs have meaning and importance. This is followed by “Longer” which is a love song about how she’s found the one, and her only wish is that she found him sooner so she could love him longer. The song has a mid-tempo beat with a catchy chorus.
“Don’t Start” is about Terri Clark warning the person of her affection not to start a relationship if his heart can’t finish it. She doesn’t want a fling or to be toyed with; she wants a relationship. It’s a great song showing female strength, in front of a bluesy country melody. “I Cheated On You” is a great, sassy revenge song. Another strong vocal delivery from Terri Clark where she gives her man a taste of his own, cheating medicine. Another track where she doesn’t put up with men’s shenanigans and proves that girls are capable of doing what guys do.
Perhaps the weakest song of the ten here, and I say that lightly because this album is strong, is “Feelin’ Pretty Good Right Now.” Lyrically and content-wise, this song is the most fitting of the bros. This song leaves some room for interpretation, but it’s really about the lead up to sex: “chillin’ right here with [her] baby” in the moonlight and “buzzin’ on a slow kind of crazy.” He’s got her feeling pretty good and she doesn’t want to stop. This song is followed by “Just Add Water” which isn’t too hard to figure out by the title. It’s a summer song, about how much better the sun and cold beer is next to water. I’ll say this, for a summer song, “Just Add Water” is much better than recent songs like “Beachin’” or “River Bank.” For Some Songs, this is the part of the album where it dips with respect to content, but it doesn’t detract too far to take away from the album that much.
The album slows down a bit for “Wheels Down” and “Bad Car.” The former of the two is a banjo driven, mid-tempo track about a nomadic lifestyle and settling down after years of traveling. “Bad Car” is the slowest song on the album about, you guessed it, a junky and bad car. It’s a nostalgic song about letting go of the car once it finally broke down. Terri sings lines like “It witnessed all those tears nobody ever saw me cry.” It’s another song, along with Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, about having memories with a vehicle.
The best song on the album is the last one. “Better with My Boots On” is a great, upbeat goodbye song. Terri Clark sings about how wearing her boots give her confidence and strength, and how those feelings will help her get through a break up of a long-term relationship. She sings the song with passion and intensity, and melody is driven by electric and steel guitars. I wish I had given this album a more careful listen back when it was released in September because I would love to adjust my top ten list for last month to include “Better with My Boots On.” This is a great song about putting on a strong face during a breakup.
Overall, Terri Clark delivers some great bra-country amongst the still male dominated country market. This album has some weaker points with Clark putting a female twist on some overdone lyrical tropes, but each song is delivered with the fresh, modern country sounds that have populated her career’s hits. Some Songs is an easy listen with 10 modern country songs. They don’t take risks, and they don’t venture off course to other genres. It’s an enjoyable half hour of music, but most of these tracks don’t really jump out to make a strong, lasting impression. This album’s production is designed to entertain as many country music fans as possible without Terri Clark compromising her sounds and style for modern-day trends, and Some Songs accomplishes that. It’s certainly worth at least one listen.