Carly Pearce – 29: Written In Stone (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Carly Pearce – 29: Written In Stone (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:05:48 minutes | 741 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Big Machine Records, LLC

29: Written in Stone is the third album by country music singer-songwriter Carly Pearce. Released under the full title 29: Written in Stone, the album is an expansion of Pearce’s EP 29 which was released in February 2021. The album is her first full-length project not to be produced by busbee, her longtime collaborator who passed away in 2019. The album is scheduled for release on September 17, 2021, by Big Machine Records. It features all seven tracks included on 29 alongside eight new songs.

Carly Pearce named her 2021 project — an album teased as a mini-LP in February, then delivered in full as 29: Written in Stone in September — after a tumultuous year in her life, 12 months that saw her get married and divorced and lose her close collaborator busbee to cancer. Pearce found empathetic collaborators in Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, a pair of Nashville heavyweights who help the singer/songwriter process these significant life changes by co-writing a collection of seven songs where she grapples with loss and growth, often in a quiet, introspective fashion. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. With help from Patty Loveless, Pearce sings an effectively gritty tribute to Loretta Lynn, “You’re Drinkin’, My Problem” is much more effervescent than the title suggests, while the project’s lead single, “Next Girl,” is a sprightly kiss-off. “Next Girl” is poppy but in a retro sense — it has none of the bright modern sheen busbee brought to his productions — and it helps set the stage for six keening, searching autobiographical tunes. While Pearce’s lyrics can occasionally be a bit too on-the-nose — it’s not that she delves into personal details, it’s that she ties up her messy emotions with a tidy bow — her vulnerability is endearing, and the craftsmanship, aided by producers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, is sturdy, so the music retains its appeal even after the stories become familiar. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. Carly Pearce – Diamondback
2. Carly Pearce – What He Didn’t Do
3. Carly Pearce – Easy Going
4. Carly Pearce – Dear Miss Loretta
5. Carly Pearce – Next Girl
6. Carly Pearce – Should’ve Known Better
7. Carly Pearce – 29
8. Carly Pearce – Never Wanted To Be That Girl
9. Carly Pearce – Your Drinkin’, My Problem
10. Carly Pearce – Liability
11. Carly Pearce – Messy
12. Carly Pearce – Show Me Around
13. Carly Pearce – Day One
14. Carly Pearce – All The Whiskey In The World
15. Carly Pearce – Mean It This Time