This is a happy album. This is written from a happy place. Amber has gone through some big changes lately, and the new book offers a new look at life. She has always been an upbeat person, but like all of us, she has been through some tough times and the songs have reflected the tough times. Some of her best work are the songs which are written about these episodes. However, it is nice to see her bubbly side go into overdrive on this album with lots of songs to bounce and do victory dances to. There are some realisation songs on this album as well. “I get it now” is an obvious one. When I played through the album the first time, I did not look at the credits, but this one stood out. Then I looked at the co-writer and it was Mike Carr. Everybody who knows me, knows how much I admire Mike. It was actually more of the content of the song that attracted me. Becoming a mum, a wife and juggling all the things in life that go with it, a lot of women go through all of that. It is usually not until they go through it that they understand it.
While the songs are mainly upbeat and happy, there are messages in just about every one of them. There is a definite bunch of shower songs. I have already slipped on the soap dancing to a few and they are catchy ones that get in your head and can’t be washed out. Ambs has always had the knack of being able to deliver a few different kinds of songs without sacrificing any credibility. She has something to say and she is not afraid to say it.
She can make you laugh and think and bop at the same time. This album was produced by the guy that I like to call the echo man, Stuart Stuart.
The singles have been released in quick fire motion, with the anthemic Outrageous, the powerhouse, Heart and the forever stuck in your head, Hey. Every song on this album can be released as a single. Each song has that element of commercial cred. I think that it is her most commercial album yet. 3 will always be my favourite, with The Mile and Superheroes are close behind, this offers a fresh coat of paint and a different point of view.
She can get bluesy, raunchy, fun, danceable, and yes, there is still a touch of country there…..one of the 79 types. I love Everlast, it is probably my favourite and people won’t be surprised with that. Yeah, I love sloppy, romantic songs with a tinge of sadness. So sue me.
Hell to the Halleluiah is a cool song. I did a bit of shoulder shifting but the words are pretty awesome.
Amber is never afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve and tell us home truths. She is a very open person without being over the top and too dare I say it….Outrageous. This is a very personal album, which all of her albums are to a point, but this is delivered differently.
Hey definitely has a lot of country elements. Bootscooting in my bathroom to it proves that theory.
While Amber hints about the past and her good and tough memories, she very much looks to the promise of the future and her happy present. Sometimes, it is obvious in her songs, otherwise it is more subtle.
In a cynical world, this album provides a lot of positivity. Good People is a great case in point. It will be a great crowd pleaser at gigs, I think.
I have every Amber album. I have been a fan since pretty much since day one of her music career, and I am a proud country music “mum”. The last song is sad and beautiful. A fitting way to round off an outstanding album. Well done, Ambs.
Hell to the Hallelujah
I Get it Now
End of the Tunnel
10. Round of Applause