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With “Daughter of a Workin’ Man,” Danielle Bradbery establishes herself in the similar, yet younger Miranda Lambert model. Its lyric -- about finding yourself through being intentional about remembering one's roots -- bears a strong similarity to Lambert’s bit hit, “The House That Built Me.” This 2013 The Voice winner is particularly youth-focused during the appropriately titled “Young in America,” exemplifying an album that is mostly a celebration of life.

Unlike Lambert, however, Bradbery doesn’t appear to have a ‘tough girl’ side. She reaches for a slightly gravelly vocal tone during “Yellin’ from the Rooftop,” but such clothes just don’t fit her so well. She’s far more comfortable inhabiting the South-loving “The Heart of Dixie.” It’s a lyric that combines regional pride with female self-determination, which has likely already won her many female fans in the South.

Bradbery is a strong singer, with a pretty and likeable tone. One has to wonder, though, if her relatively generic lyrical approach will stand up well next to far more confrontational artists, like Kacey Musgraves and the aforementioned Lambert. If nothing else, she’s a sweet diversion from all the frat boy country singers on the male side of the fence, hogging up the charts.


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