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Rachele Lynae (album)

Young Rachele Lynae certainly has the talent and story to make her stand out in country music—her father is a commercial fisherman and she was raised between Alaska and Washington State. But on her self-titled debut album for Jamie O’Neal’s Momentum Music Group, Rachele’s songs (all of which she co-wrote) position her more as every small-town 20-something female.

She’s ready to love (“Sometimes You Fly”) and she’s a Christian (“Words in Red”), but she’s also not too uptight to let her hair down on occasion (“Party Til the Cows Come Home”).

All of which is just dandy, but Rachele is way more interesting when she’s comparing a harmful relationship to smoking in “Cigarette” or telling a would-be suitor he’s got no chance of getting lucky in “Fishin’ for Something.”

At any rate, Rachele’s got a big voice that may remind some of Carrie Underwood, and she sounds utterly confident employing it.

Unfortunately, the excess of commonplace songs and bland production keep her from really soaring. 

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