Frame by Frame by Cassadee Pope
Life is frequently messy, particularly when you’re young. The Voice Season 3 champion Cassadee Pope knows it all too well, and her debut country album, Frame by Frame, plays like a series of photos (hence the title) from those messy, confusing years.
First, a word of caution for fans wanting to hear some twang: This one probably isn’t for you. That said, Cassadee is a tremendous vocalist and Frame by Frame wisely sticks to narratives that dig deeper into her life, frequently in not-so-flattering ways.
In lead single “Wasting All These Tears,” Cassadee’s been tearing herself up over someone who isn’t worth it before she moves on; in “You Hear a Song,” she’s a bundle of insecurity and clueless as to why her guy continues to love her; and in “Easier to Lie,” she’s tiptoeing out of someone’s house after a cheating incident and refusing to come clean.
The production skews toward pop, like Avril Lavigne and Fall Out Boy, and might leave some longing for a pedal steel. But as long as Cassadee’s capable of writing songs like “11,” the album’s emotionally vulnerable high point, which recounts how she experienced her parents’ divorce as a child, we should all be paying attention.