By: Kevin Snyder, CSO Contributing Journalist
new artists share the same problem of trying to build their name
to sell it to the public and radio.
has already built up a reputation for herself as a two time
champion on the television series
Dancing With the
fame from this popular TV series, no doubt, helped her debut
album land at number one on the country charts.
debut is a declaration of sorts, that she is a legitimate
country singer and not just another celebrity trying to cash
in on the country music industry. It’s also a declaration
that not only is she a country singer, but a future star in
The most accurate
word to describe this album is “catchy,” as nearly every
tune will have you tapping your toe or bobbing your head in
one way or another.
The lead single from
the album, “That Song in My Head” is as catchy as the title
suggests as it will remain in your head long after the song
has ended. “You, You, You” follows with its repetitive, yet,
once again, catchy, lyric.
The next track,
“Hide Your Matches,” has a clever hook and an interesting
way to describe the flame that ignites a relationship. Hough
advises that if the guy isn’t ready for the serious
relationship then he better hide his matches and not spark
the flame that would turn the relationship up a notch.
One could make the
claim that “My Hallelujah Song” is somewhat autobiographical
for Hough, even though she didn’t actually write the track.
It’s an upbeat tune about how she can’t believe how she got
to where she is now. Hough has a lot to be thankful for with
a successful dancing career and an emerging country music
career, all at the young age of nineteen.
Hough tackles a
serious song with a message that many high school girls
could probably easily relate to in “Jimmy Ray McGee”. It’s a
song about the decisions a young girl makes in high school
that could affect her for the rest of her life. She includes
a duet with her brother Derek on “Dreaming Under the Same
Moon;” a song about the siblings separating to pursue their
own respective careers yet dreaming under the same moon and
feeling connected still.
Life” is an upbeat tune about how one feels and copes with
everyday occurrences in life. The next track, “Hello,” is
one of the strongest tracks on the album. It’s another
catchy song that has Hough criticizing herself for always
picking the same guys when she knows that they aren’t right
The album takes a
serious turn again with “Help Me, Help You” which is about
alcohol abuse and a friend trying to help another through
the addiction. The song seems almost inspirational and
towards the end it really showcases how much a friend
actually can help with the problem even when they don’t
think they are doing any good.
In “Love Yourself,”
Hough sends another message to the teenage girls that they
should not worry about other people and be themselves. The
album closes with “I’d Just Be With You” about one seeing
their loved one as comfort and crutch in times of
All in all, this
album is a good indication of where Julianne Hough is right
now. She speaks to her age group in a few songs directed at
the teens and she sings a few songs that show incredible
maturity and experience; which Hough has plenty of with her
extensive dancing career. There is a little bit of
everything on this album that almost everyone can relate to
in one way or another.
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