Concrete by Sunny Sweeney

Sunny Sweeney breaks into the boys’ club that country radio has largely become over the past several months with enough tough-chick twang to rival country’s current purveyor Miranda Lambert.

This Texas-bred singer knows how to convey heartfelt and complex emotions with one clever turn of a phrase, such as her plea in “Helluva Heart,” where she sings I never did a thing to you ’cept love you / Tell me which part of that set you off. But make no mistake, that girl-next-door innocence is short-lived. This singer can turn sassy when scorned on songs such as “Mean as You” and “Drink Myself Single.”

She skillfully sings from the perspective of the other woman twice on the album—first on her Top 10 single, “From a Table Away,” and later on “Amy,” as she places at least half the blame squarely on the neglectful wife whose man she stole.

She manages to be accusing yet empathetic, singing, Amy, he never meant to be untrue / But he needed love he said he never got from you. She might have a slow burn towards stardom, but if Music City can handle one more tough-and-tender female country singer, Sunny can surely shine in that slot.

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