In addition to her own music, Dalley co-wrote Reba McEntire's single "My Sister" ~Wikipedia
Throughout the years I’ve made mention several times that if it’s not old country music chances are I’m not a fan. There used to be an array of personal narratives and stories of hardships from class struggles to non-generalized tragedies that ran thick through the veins of the country music genre. No one was really sacrificing their message to be number one on the pop charts. As I listened to Amy Dalley’s Coming Out Of The Pain I was reminded of the era that I am living in. The music is less about creating from within and simply allowing the emotion to manifest into so much more through the hearts and minds of it’s listeners but rather fitting into a mold that keeps getting older and more repetitive. So what can you expect from Dalley and her latest outing?
The first track off the album is Peace Sign, which sounds like a super jaded Taylor Swift reject which was left off her last album to keep her syrupy sweet identity safe. It has a catchy chorus, “You put the f-u- in fun” and “One finger shy of the peace sign”. It’s a poppy number that’s screams for radio airplay and will no doubt be a shout out to any little girl whose ever had her heartbroken by some random guy. Matter of fact 99.8% of the album is all songs very similar to the first, sad broken hearted love songs sitting somewhere between pop and country. When the album does make an attempt to deviate from it’s depressing formula of telling its listeners that love isn’t anything but heartbreak you get a song like Saturday Night Situation, a song slotted in for radio airplay. I can imagine lots of people will hear this song and grab the album up looking for a good time only to be brought down by the rest of the album and its somber pop tunes.
Amy Dalley has a decent voice. Not one that I would call phenomenal or argue will change the face of country music, but it gets the job done for what the album is attempting. As a whole though it just doesn’t bring anything else to the table that would make me a fan of this same old, same old routine of heartbroken country pop tunes I could get from several other artists who have already established themselves through some niche that puts them one foot ahead. As always final judgment is yours. Enjoy.