Album Review: Natalie Bradley
Goodbye pop country, hello Jill King. Jill King's debut Jillbilly
is a well needed breath of fresh air for Music Row and the
country genre in general. Born and raised in Arab, Alabama Jill King's
got a sound all her own, the songwriting skills one only dreams of
having, and she's ready to share it all with the world.
Rarely does a cd capture my attention as quickly as Jillbilly
did. From the honky tonkin' tunes to the heart wrenching ballads Jillbilly
certainly delivers. From the opening number,"98.6
Degrees", you get a clear picture of what kind of sound this cd is
going to have and that is COUNTRY. No, it's not too country, no, it's
not pop country, it's country music like it's meant to sound, soulful
Jill's voice resonates with sheer brilliance on songs like "Hand Me
Down Heartache" and "Makes Perfect Sense to Me."
These definitely stood out to me as having the stamina to do very well
on country radio. Not to say that those are the only ones that could.
While Jillbilly delivers its share of up-tempo tunes, Jill
King lends her voice to more than a few ballads worth your attention.
"The Part I Don't Understand" became a quick favorite and
definitely had me hitting the repeat button on the stereo more than a
few times. It's one of those songs with "universal appeal."
Everyone's given their all in a relationship only to have their heart
broken when the feelings aren't the same. The closing track
"Down the Fields to Hay" was dedicated to Jill's grandparents
and really shows off King's songwriting abilities. It is a soulful
ballad that shows the decline of the farmer and letting go of what
you've known all your life.
No matter which track you choose Jillbilly has something
for every listener. I can't say enough good things about Jill King
she has truly won me over. She's got the total package and I can't wait
to see how bright her star is going to shine.