Rolling Stone, Washington Post, Rhapsody, AOL’s The Boot and More Name Kellie Pickler’s 100 Proof “Best Of 2012”
The year 2012 has meant tons of excitement and career momentum for country music songstress Kellie Pickler. In early January Kellie released her critically acclaimed album 100 Proof. In October Pickler signed a new record deal with Black River Entertainment.
And now as the nation’s top music critics reflect on what a year it’s been with their “Best Of 2012” album nods, Kellie Pickler celebrates with 100 Proof’s coveted placement at :
THE TOP of Rolling Stone’s “Best Country Albums of 2012” list
“100 Proof may be the best traditionalist album of the year. Pickler wraps her big lustrous voice around old-fashioned honky tonk, rollicking road stories and big ballads, all produced with a perfect balance of throwback twang and contemporary sheen.”
No. 7 on Washington Post’s “Best Music of 2012” list
“Pickler uses that big voice to sing big songs about no-good men, absentee parents, the ghost of Tammy Wynette and her own backbone, which suddenly sounds as if it were made of aerospace-grade titanium.” ~ Critic Chris Richards
No. 2 on Rhapsody’s “Top 30 Country Albums for 2012,” and
No. 6 on AOL’s The Boot “Best Country Albums of 2012.”
“Kellie included what are perhaps the most personal songs of her career, ‘Mother’s Day,’ and ‘The Letter (To Daddy)’, on the project, wearing her heart on her musical sleeve.”
Additionally and before the music critics’ end-of-year verdicts were revealed, CMT’s Editorial Director Chet Flippo agreed, “100 Proof is probably the best pure country album in recent years. There are raw and troubling songs, painful personal truths and family sorrows laid bare. But there’s also an indomitable human will to survive and even rejoice in that survival.”
And in an interview with Kellie shortly after album release, Country Music Pride Contributing Editor Amanda Miles called 100 Proof “a complete departure from Kellie’s former musical endeavors. Traditional country with a fresh twist-no pop-country to be found, 100 Proof is a gripping exploration into Pickler’s back-story, including an imprisoned father and abandonment by her mother. Pickler holds nothing back and shines with self confidence, her vocals sparkling over the wail of fiddles and steel guitar.”
Despite her tender age, Pickler has lived a lot of life and is a master when it comes to crafting songs that strike a universal chord. It’s no secret she possesses the feisty attitude to turn any up-tempo into a bonafide event, but it’s on the ballads where Kellie really shines. “I Wonder” is the emotional hit that elevated Pickler from vivacious new country bombshell to a heartfelt songwriter and serious conveyor of songs.
And 100 Proof, is a collection of songs that reverberate with an emotional intensity hinted at on her first two albums.
“For me country music is about telling stories and behind every country song there is a story about somebody’s life,” Pickler says. “It’s about real things.”
Kellie co-wrote the bulk of 100 Proof. The album is available in stores and online, everywhere music is sold. And you’d best get yourself a copy of Rolling Stone’s 2012 Top Pick Best Country Album “100 Proof” before Kellie unleashes and releases a new single from her forthcoming album with Black River Entertainment.