Morgan Wallen is a country singer that recently released the album entitled “Dangerous: The Double Album.” He is a native of Tennessee, who first started to gain popularity in 2017 and has since had over 3 billion streams. He is thought to be the next hottest country singer as he won the award for New Artist of the Year and Best New Country Artist at the 2020 CMAs along with several other awards since 2017.
The album contains a variety of songs that all range about three minutes in length with the total number of songs on the album is being 30. The songs all have a fairly upbeat vibe and compared to other country artists, he has entertaining lyrics for his songs.
Like many musicians that have come before him, there are always critics out there that can ultimately make or break a career. Many critics were positive in their reviews of the album with AllMusic’s opinion that “he sounds as comfortable sliding into a wall of digital sound as he does singing with just an acoustic guitar or two”.
Rolling Stone, though, was not as impressed. Aside from the fact they think the album is “17 songs too long”, they said “Wallen does not always seem up to the heavy task of pumping fresh life into well-worn topics.”
For lovers of the country genre, this new album needs a listen. There is a song for people who like the different styles of country on the album. The songs “Somebody’s Problem” and “7 Summers” are the soft, acoustic guitar style on the album, whereas “Beer Don’t” has southern rock vibes.
The genre of country also has its share of haters, but Wallen’s songs are decent and could pull listeners from other genres. For new listeners, in order to get a full opinion about the album, one needs to listen to a couple of the songs before making a final decision on whether or not to like Wallen because of his variety of songs.
A couple of the highlights from the album were “Sand in My Boots” and “Neon Eyes” but all of the songs had good qualities to them. The descriptions in the song “Sand in my Boots” are great and tell a story of meeting a girl at a beach and having a good time but only leaving with sand in his boots. While the song is good at painting a scene, it also leaves a lot up for interpretation. This scope for personal experience to seep in is what allows for the song to be so relatable and easy to connect with.
His music can be found on many different outlets for purchase and digital streaming. Some of those sites include YouTube, Spotify and Morgan Wallen’s own website. His website lists four other albums of his available to stream and listen to, along with an album by HARDY that features Wallen.
The music is not bad, but as it is country not everyone will appreciate it, despite the variety in style. If bored with your current music and looking for something new to listen to or if you are a big country fan, this album is a great place to turn to.