The Band Perry have never just represented what the new age of country music is all about, but they have also managed to always produce a refined sound which pulls its influence from multiple musical genres and eras. Their latest effort, “Pioneer”, released on April 2nd, 2013, is no different in the sense that, compared to the rest of the country music world right now, it is quite different in and of itself- and quite good, at that. With “Pioneer” and a good dose of some new-found occasionally pop, occasionally folk, occasionally rock, and even occasionally goth influence, the band continues to expand upon the country music world in a respectable and rationalistic, yet entirely new and continuously unheard of way.
This view is reinforced right from the get-go with “Better Dig Two”, currently the band’s second most popular jam, which incorporates a real country swagger that mixes perfectly with the realm of, believe it or not, Gothic or emo-related musical themes. With the second coming of alternative bands like Fall Out Boy and Paramore in-line for release within just the next couple of weeks, “Better Dig Two”, with its gloomy, but fiercely-delivered message was a great choice for a first single from off of “Pioneer”. From there, the country sibling trio delve directly into the second single from off of the album, “DONE.”, which, with its genuine sass relative to what lead singer Kimberly Perry is known for, makes for a perfect transition from the darker firecracker of a song in “Better Dig Two”. “DONE.” hasn’t quite made the radio play and sales rounds as “Better Dig Two” yet, but it’s getting there, and by the summer it very well could explode.
The rest of the songs on the album more or less continue on the same path as its first two singles do in that they craft a very radio friendly path. Virtually every track from off of “Pioneer” could be a hit on the airwaves, from the sweet, sweet sentiment of “Mother Like Mine” to the chameleon-like efforts of the title track, “Pioneer”, as it switches from a folksy, rootsy, traditional sound at the beginning towards a seriously glam execution near the end. Other notable songs include the dramatic, Queen or David Bowie-like “Forever Mind Nevermind”, the delightfully retaliatory “Chainsaw”, the Lady Gaga-esque “I’m a Keeper” and its explosive chorus, and especially the incredible, heart-string-tugging “Back to Me Without You”.
At the end of the day, it’s easy to recognize that The Band Perry’s third effort is another one to add to their list of hits over misses, and right now they’re going 3 for 0. They’re an incredibly marketable, talented group of individuals who aren’t afraid to push the mold of a genre that seems to take pride in essentially coining the term, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” As far as “Pioneer” goes, it’s not just another hit: it’s a grand slam right out of the metaphorical pop-country ballpark.
Top 5 Tracks:
1. “I’m a Keeper”
3. “Better Dig Two”
5. “Back to Me Without You”