Margo Price - Midwest Farmers Daughter
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Margo Price - Midwest Farmers Daughter

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"Truth lies in the details – and that goes double for tradition-minded country music, a point Margo Price’s debut makes fiercely. In “About to Find Out,” a Loretta Lynn-styled can of whoopass, it’s the image of a selfie-snapping jackass fast-forwarding the song into the present. In the honky-tonk hangover “Hurtin’ (On The Bottle),” it’s the unsaved gospel vocal explosion of “Lord Lord Lord!” near the end. In “Tennessee Song” it’s the burly, Bonham-esque drum intro. And in “Weekender,” a Southern working class Orange Is The New Black narrative so real you can taste the meal-tray mystery meat, it’s the way Price makes “crack cocaine” sound as country as Evan Williams whiskey (which gets its own name-check).

 Midwest Farmer’s Daughter is the first full-on country release on Third Man, the Nashville based label run by suspect carpetbagger Jack White, and dude was smart to wait ‘til he had an act this undeniable. Price is a thirty-something East Nashvillian originally from Illinois; the vocal style is restrained yet mighty, her songcraft amazingly vivid, and the arranging instinct spot on, with a taste for retro styling that never tilts into Gramma’s attic dress-up. The set opener “Hands of Time” comes close, a six-minute memoir-style wrapped in lush strings that channel late ‘60s Bobbie Gentry-style country soul. But by the time Price sings about losing a first-born and crying out to God, bruised stoicism muting the sound of her knees hitting the floorboards, you’re reminded of the incredible power that lies in tradition well-used. It’s a power the rest of this record makes plain."

-Rolling Stone

1. Hands of Time
2. About to Find Out
3. Tennessee Song
4. Since You Put Me Down
5. Four Years of Chances
6. This Town Gets Around
7. How the Mighty Have Fallen
8. Weekender
9. Hurtin' (On the Bottle)
10. World's Greatest Loser

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