Cassadee Pope drew in some amazing records for NBC’s “The Voice” during her run on the show, which ultimately led to her Season 3 win. She was the second contestant in a row to win the popular singing competition for country superstar Blake Shelton, and in the process, she became a country superstar herself. Basic “Voice” and Pope fan speculation since her 2012 crowning surrounded just how genuine the rising singer-songwriter would be as a country princess when she had spent several years before her “Voice” run as a princess of the pop punk industry as the lead vocalist of Hey Monday, and thankfully, in “Frame By Frame,” her legitimacy in the country world is solidified. She successfully crosses genres into the world of country with relative ease, debuting with what could potentially be called one of the catchiest, spot-on albums imbued with a Southern influence throughout the entire year, all while appealing to fans both old and new.
The album opens with a sweetheart of a catchy record in the form of “Good Life” and never really strays away from the formula that makes this kicker of an opener such a great song, which is nothing short of the magic made when Pope enters a room with head producer Dann Huff and company. Together they have expertly mastered an album that should not only bring Pope’s fanbase to greater heights, but easily appeal to her Hey Monday audience, as well. All of the makings of what had displayed Pope as an appealing audience to the pop punk crowd are still around for this album — smart and relatable lyrics, sweet instrumentation, and one heck of a recording voice — and it’s been developed in a way that potentially transcends anything that this newfound country star has ever done thus far. Really, there is no “old” or “new” Cassadee; “Frame By Frame” is simply one more evolutionary step in the right direction for the “Voice” winner.
In short, “Frame By Frame” is chockful of catchy country charmers and heartbreakers. Old fans with an open mind should very easily be able to acclimate themselves to the new sound, in which all of the possible appeal that Pope had exuded through her past records with her band is still entirely present, but just presented in a different light. Meanwhile, “Frame By Frame” should serve its purpose in introducing Pope to an entirely new, broader audience during a time where country music is at its absolute high. Pope is a rising star and it doesn’t seem like she’s going to be fading out any time in the near future. She, alongside her team of top notch writers and producers, have successfully produced a debut effort that is head and shoulders above a good cut of the competition present in the current country atmosphere.
By all means, she could even end up being the female country best-seller that the industry has been looking for. All the while, she is effortlessly bringing pop, country, “Voice,” and even punk fandoms together for a single cause — their idol’s deserved success. Especially for a first-time genre shift, it’s undeniable that “Frame By Frame” does both the genre as well as the artist behind the work enough justice to warrant many future releases.
You can pick up Cassadee’s album, “Frame By Frame,” today on iTunes for just $9.99 or at your local Target. Make sure to keep up with the artist over her official Facebook and Twitter pages for all of the latest on this newfound country sensation.