Karen Jonas – Country Songs – Album Review

For my 645th record, I discuss Karen Jonas’ larger, lighter, but not less intense second indie country record.

Best Songs: ‘The Garden’, ‘The Fair Shake’, ‘Yankee Doodle Went Home’, ‘Why Don’t You Stay’, ‘Country Songs’, ‘Wasting Times’
Worst Songs: ‘Ophelia’


To skip my preamble, go to 1:31

Text review of ‘Country Songs’: http://www.spectrum-pulse.ca/2016/10/album-review-country-songs-by-karen.html

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Liam Carmody says:

Before bilboard breakdown comes out, here’s what’s happening on the charts. Closer is still at number 1, Bruno Mars debuted at number 5 with 24K Magic, Side To Side went to number 10, The terrible song Juju On That Beat rose from 83 to 11, We have new songs from Lady Gaga and Zara Larsson, and we have the long-awaited billboard hot 100 debut of Jon Bellion

Scott Rohrbeck says:

He is gonna be pretty darn sad when he has to talk about False Alarm dropping out after one week.

But let’s not fret just yet, from the looks of things it should definitely re-enter.

Nomaditude says:


CountryMC says:

can you review WALLS by Kings of Leon

Teddy Haines says:

Any plans to review the new Blackberry Smoke album? Trigger really liked it.

Anonymous Mammoth says:

typo in the top right corner for the first song: countr instead of country

M&M Weekly says:

Can you do “WALLS” by Kings of Leon, please?

Baxter Brown says:

So we got Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas with DNCE, and now Karen Jonas. Are there any more Jonas Brothers who want to come back?

Jessica Seychell says:

Please review Gameshow by Two Door Cinema Club

MrAwesome172 says:

can you review the new Drive-By Truckers? It’s amazing

Mike Craig says:

Could you review Mad Love by JoJo?

Zack Kephart says:

Yeah, this is pretty much how I feel about the album. I still need time for it to sink in a bit more before I start my review though. I don’t think it’s got the same standouts that “Oklahoma Lottery” had but I think that this album is definitely more cohesive. I love the ghostly swell to “The Garden” (especially with that roaring guitar solo), and “Wasting Time” really shows Karen’s fantastic emotion in her voice. I agree that “Ophelia” is the worst song here, only because her vocals really seem off in comparison to the production. Other than that however, this album is definitely growing on me a lot. I’d probably give it a light 8 but again, even after 5 listens I need more time for this to sink in.

I’d be curious to hear what you have to say about Blackberry Smoke’s new album but I also understand that your schedule is packed right now. IMO, it’s not as good as ‘Holding All The Roses’ but it’s still good (7/10 for me)

I have to say Mark, I’ve really enjoyed your reviews a lot. Sometimes in the country music world critics seem to overrate certain Americana acts while underrating certain mainstream acts. Of course, that’s a hard point to make since I can’t question someone’s opinion. Still, I love how meticulous you are with your reviews. Your’e harsh at times, but always fair, and that’s something I respect a ton. It’s an inspiration for someone like me who’s looking to start up a review channel next year (maybe).

You’ve also helped me get into other genres like hip-hop and metal so thanks. I’ve commented here before but I’ve never told you how influential you are as a reviewer. Keep up the great work as always.

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