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If you loved Kellie Pickler’s last album, 100 Proof , which was filled with traditional country music themes and arrangements, get ready for Chapter 2. With The Woman I Am, Kellie has made a natural evolution while managing to stay true to those things that are important to her.
Undeniably one of the best and most identifiable female voices in country music, there’s no accusing this songbird of being too pop. Her natural North Carolina accent is nothing but country and pairs perfectly with songs like her current single, “Little Bit Gypsy”—a bouncy, fun look at a free spirit who makes no apologies for living life on the edge.
Likewise, the swampy “Ring for Sale” is pure kiss-off attitude, much like Loretta Lynn’s “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).”
But Kellie is masterfully in control of her voice, and as easily as she fills it with the sass of an empowered female, she can become vulnerable, like she does in the teary “Where Did Our Love Go.”
It’s anybody’s guess as to why Kellie Pickler isn’t one of the biggest stars in the format. However, with her commitment to the integrity of her music and sound, she’s definitely a female force to be reckoned with.