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Lauren Alaina 12/7/2017

Review

Lauren Alaina traveled a long road to her second album, taking six years to deliver a sequel to her 2011 debut. Blame the delay on vagaries of the marketplace and also a 2014 vocal surgery, two elements that ensure a slow working pace, but the upside of this half-decade hiatus is that Road Less Traveled almost plays like a second debut album. It announces a new Lauren Alaina, one who is happy to be a country diva in the vein of Carrie Underwood. Wildflower, her 2011 album, also carried a debt to Underwood but it retained a bit of a twang, whereas Road Less Traveled is a big, bright country confection. Alaina co-wrote every one of the 12 songs and whether they're ballads or chipper pop tunes, they're usually sturdy numbers. She may drift into the saccharine when she slows the tempo -- the closing "Pretty" is a self-empowerment anthem that attempts to spin Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" toward Middle America -- but the faster cuts are usually jubilant and help propel Road Less Traveled, turning it into a strong modern country-pop album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Doin' Fine Lauren Alaina 3:18
  3. 2 My Kinda People Lauren Alaina 3:1
  4. 3 Three Lauren Alaina 3:44
  5. 4 Road Less Traveled Lauren Alaina 3:35
  6. 5 Queen of Hearts Lauren Alaina 2:53
  7. 6 Think Outside the Boy Lauren Alaina 3:39
  8. 7 Painting Pillows Lauren Alaina 3:14
  9. 8 Next Boyfriend Lauren Alaina 3:10
  10. 9 Crashin' the Boys' Club Lauren Alaina 2:55
  11. 10 Same Day Different Bottle Lauren Alaina 3:46
  12. 11 Holding the Other Lauren Alaina 3:54
  13. 12 Pretty Lauren Alaina 4:36

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