Album Review of Girl by Maren Morris.

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Girl by Maren Morris

Release Date: Mar 8, 2019
Record label: SME
Genre(s): Country

67 Music Critic Score
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Girl - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Two years after the release of her 2016 debut Hero, Maren Morris scored a genuine crossover smash with "The Middle," a collaboration with electro-pop producer Zedd. "The Middle" wasn't a country song, it was a pop move so bold it felt defiant: if country radio wasn't going to make her the star she deserved to be, she planned to head elsewhere. That same sensibility runs through Girl, Morris' ambitious 2019 sophomore album.

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Pitchfork - 63
Based on rating 6.3/10

If you want a representative sample of pop music in 2018, something to throw in a time capsule so that future explorers scouring Earth's climate-wrecked mess would know exactly how good the radio was on average, you can't do better than Zedd and Maren Morris' "The Middle. " The hit is a slightly snazzier version of Zedd's previous hit, Alessia Cara collaboration "Stay," with the same vocoder chorus and clock ticks. For Morris' part, the writers also auditioned Anne-Marie (the former front-runner, who lost it because of the music jobbing equivalent of a non-compete agreement), two members of Fifth Harmony, Carly Rae Jepsen(!), and more than 12 other singers.

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