‘DAY’ – Alaina Stacey – New Album Review
UPDATED: May 2, 2024
UPDATED: May 2, 2024
Alaina Stacey - DAY

Chicago-born and now a certified Nashvillian, Alaina Stacey is gearing up to unveil her latest EP, DAY, on Friday, May 3rd. This release marks the second installment in a series of EPs planned in chronological order, all of which will seamlessly come together under the collective project DAWN, DAY, and DUSK.

DAY explores and conquers the eveyday themes of heartbreak, regret, and lost love. Alaina Stacey, renowned for her work in the country duo Maybe April, steps into her own spotlight, showcasing her flawless ability to pen authentic country ballads and the mesmerizing melodies that bind them together.

On initial listen, Stacey’s voice exudes a natural brightness and commanding presence, reminiscent of early Carrie Underwood. The EP was recorded and produced by Evan Redwine in Nashville and Brian Deck in Chicago. It strikes a delicate balance between pensive lyrics and uplifting melodies, capturing the radiant essence of DAY.

DAY Tracklist and Highlights

I Would

Alaina Stacey sets the pace for DAY with the opening track I Would, featuring eclectic sounds against a melancholic backdrop. The drum and bass combine for a funky, foot-stomping beat. The track is further complemented by surreal guitar tones that add a touch of sadness to the ambiance. Stacey pours her heart out, reflecting on regrets, lost love, and past choices.

If I could take our love and remake it

Take your heart and unbreak it

 I can’t… but if I could… I would

Break Your Heart

A standout track and personal favorite, Break Your Heart, features a bouncy rhythm and infectious melody. Stacey’s lyrics are both mischievous and sultry, conveying her inability to resist falling for someone despite knowing it will lead to heartbreak. With the song’s clever and dynamic arrangement, it’s destined for Top 40 greatness.

Never Mine

Never Mine presents a haunting acoustic fever dream, with Stacey’s smooth and subtle vocals weaving a somber tale of realization. The chorus, floating in and out of falsetto, hints that a relationship may be doomed before it even starts.

Oh Henry

In Oh Henry, a groovy, prominent bassline sets the stage for Stacey’s plea to a long-lost love. The song’s infectious melody is sure to have you singing along.

Liar

By the time we reach Liar, it becomes evident that this poor girl has love life issues. Accompanied by an acoustic piano and lush background vocals, the song poignantly details her acceptance of a love that has unequivocally faded.

Snowing in Nashville

Snowing in Nashville is a bittersweet reflection on regret, with crashing cymbals creating an atmospheric backdrop. Stacey contemplates the consequences of her choices, reminiscing about trading Chicago for Nashville. Brilliantly written and laden with metaphors, is the cold snow just a representation of her feelings, a reminder of lost love, or possibly punishment from her choices?

Over You

After six songs about heartbreak, the EP concludes with Over You, a fitting track to bookend the theme. DAY ends with a message of empowerment… well… sort of… maybe partly? Although it wont be today, Stacey vows to eventually “get over you.” The drum rhythm is lively and contagious, accented by a palm-muted guitar; forcing you to move and sway with the vibe. The track is the perfect backdrop for Stacey to show off her vocal runs as it flows effortlessly in and out of the chorus.

Final Thoughts

Alaina Stacey’s DAY outshines the sun.

Overall, DAY stands as another testament to Alaina Stacey’s ability to craft meaningful music. The lyrics are clever, authentic, and avoid teetering on the clichés that so often embody modern country music. The EP strikes all the right chords to captivate listeners and connect on a deeply personal level. Each of the seven tracks offers something memorable, standing strong on their own, some flirting with pop music, and others ranging from melancholic to mischievous and fun. With precise musicianship and a voice that can melt your soul, Alaina Stacey’s DAY shines brightly.

 

Album Release: May 3, 2024

Favorite Tracks: I Would, Break Your Heart

RootsnRevelry Grade:                           

B-

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