Frame by Frame
Cassadee Pope, Season Three's Team Blake winner of "The Voice," has released her first solo album, and it's a good first effort. "Frame by Frame," put out by Republic Nashville, a major country music label, sounds more pop than country.
The twenty-four-year-old Pope is pretty and likable, and has a nice-enough voice. She may be on a country label and want to claim country fans, but her vocals are closer to more pop/alternative voices such as Colbie Caillat or the recently more poppy Taylor Swift than Carrie Underwood. But there's nothing wrong with that.
Big-time producer Dann Huff has his hand in this one, and overall, it showcases Pope's skills as a performer. This young woman has an ability to connect to the songs emotionally, and the variety of topics explored on the album steer it away from the average happy, saccharine albums put out by other, less-experienced young artists.
Abuse ("Proved You Wrong"), divorce ("11"), and love and happy times ("This Car" and "Good Times") get coverage on "Frame by Frame."
Three standout love songs are "Champagne," "You Hear a Song" and "Easier To Lie." They range from the usual happy love song, to exposing one's vulnerability, to cheating on a partner. Her breakout single "Wasting All These Tears" is a girl power type of song and a good introduction to those who didn't watch her on "The Voice."
This listener's favorites are "This Car" and "Proved you Wrong," and was most moved by "11," a song that feels like it could make Pope stand out as a powerful, singer/songwriter.
"Frame By Frame" is not a debut masterpiece by any means, but it will get the ball rolling for the talented and deserving Cassadee Pope.