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"Unapologetically" Kelsea Ballerini

by Margaret Stewart - Copy Editor
Thu, Nov 8th 2018 06:00 pm

Kelsea Ballerini’s new album “Unapologetically” Deluxe Edition is a re-release of her 2017 album of the same name. This album features two new songs as well as a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and “This Feeling” which is a new single Ballerini released with The Chainsmokers.

She is taking the moment to re-release two of the songs featured on her previous album, “I Hate Love Songs” and “Legends.” Both are iconic, country love songs that are the classic Ballerini style. As of August 2018, “the album debuted at No. 7 on the United States Billboard 200 chart with 44,000 album-equivalent units, and has sold 110,000 copies in the United States.”

Personally, I think Ballerini really shines in this album. While “Legends,” “I Hate Love Songs” and “Miss Me More” are the overwhelming fan favorites, I personally connected with “In Between,” “Get Over Yourself” and “Unapologetically,” the title song of Ballerini’s album.

“In Between” is the perfect song for anyone who is in their late teens, early twenties as she perfectly describes what it means to be a part of this age range. With lyrics like “in between beer in a basement and a Napa Valley vacation” and “in between being under expectated or overestimated” Ballerini puts the duality of being a young adult into words, much like her song “Underage” which is featured on her album “The First Time” and discusses the duality of high school-aged kids.

“Get Over Yourself” is an anthem that, arguably, challenges the stereotype that women are the ones who become clingy after a breakup. The anthem talks about how a break up is not always a bad thing, especially if it was the right decision for yourself. The song encourages moving about your life unconcerned about how other people may perceive or overthink your every movement.

Lastly, her song “Unapologetically” takes a new point of view. Writing, singing and performing as a young adult, Ballerini addresses the fact that “young love” is typically viewed as naïve and less serious or important. She takes them head on writing about how she is “unapologetically in love” and that it doesn’t matter that other people think “we moved too fast or that some people say it’ll never last.” She expresses the importance of living and loving to the fullest, even if it ends up breaking her heart in the end. In a world where the music industry is consistently flooded with narratives surrounding sex and drugs, it’s a refreshing sentiment.

Ballerini will be coming off Keith Urban’s “Graffiti U” world tour and joining Kelly Clarkson in, undoubtedly the tour of the summer, their “Meaning of Life” tour. On November 14, Ballerini will also be in attendance at the 2018 Country Music Awards as a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year.