Ashley Monroe’s latest release, The Blade, bests her previous effort Like A Rose by a long shot. Coming from someone who fell in love with Like A Rose’s tales of sweet rebellion and vulnerability, that’s a big deal. But now Monroe’s melodies are thicker, her lyrics more pointed, and her presence more palpable. Surrounded by mirrors, she surveys us from the cover of The Blade, eyeliner layered on black, a sweep of edginess noticeably absent from both the sound and artwork of her preceding albums.
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