Like a Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her lifeattracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.
Some of the songs were newly written for the album; others date back several years and felt right to revisit. The semi-autobiographical title track, one of the uncontestable highlights of the set, was co-written about six years ago with another totem of the American song-crafting community, Texan legend Guy Clark.
And fresh it all is. Like a Rose avoids the trappings of too much contemporary music by sticking to the basics: memorable songs, incredible musicians, a superb voice, all of it captured honestly and without frills. As the saying goes, sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Take a whiff of Like a Rose and youll find it smells pretty darn sweet.
"Produced by Vince Gill, Like a Rose expertly balances sweet, slightly sad ballads with devilishly funny, modern honky tonk... Here, Monroe strikes a tricky balance between satire and sincerity, never quite tipping the scales in favor of novelty, which is a testament to her savviness as a songwriter and a singer. Monroe is enamored with tradition, pushing fiddles to the foreground and sometimes succumbing to the smoky sway of a slow dance at a dancehall, but she's not a retro-singer, she's a modern girl hauling old ways into the present. This blend of contemporary attitudes and classic sounds is insinuating and addictive, particularly because at nine songs, it's too brief -- once it's through, the album practically begs you to start all over again." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
"[T]heres a good balance here: classicist in the Lee Ann Womack neo-countrypolitan sense, yet neither stodgy, frail, nor nostalgic, but rather as thoroughly in tune with modern millennial existence as Taylor Swift..." - Chuck Eddy, SPIN, Rated 9/10
"It comes on traditionalist, with old-fashioned production, countrypolitan ballads and punchline-packed honky-tonkers. But beneath the period garb is a modern woman who advocates 'weed instead of roses' to revive a moribund sex life and drops references to Fifty Shades of Grey. But Monroe is at her best in the sad songs contemplating loneliness, and pennilessness, in 'Two Weeks Late' and 'The Morning After.' Nine songs, 32 minutes, no false moves." - Jody Rosen, Rolling Stone, Rated 4/5
150 Gram Vinyl
1. Like A Rose
2. Two Weeks Late
4 Weed Instead Of Roses
5 You Got Me
1. The Morning After
2. Monroe Suede
3. She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind
4. You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter) (duet with Blake Shelton)