CD: Ayla Brown – Heroes & Hometowns

Ayla
Brown
Heroes
& Hometowns
Pride
of America 3:41 When the War is Over 3:08 My Hometown 2:54
It’s
Just a Little Rain 4:41 Hero in Her Hometown 3:52 Fly Away 3:47
Angels
we Have Heard on High 3:18 Silent Night 3:23 O’ Holy Night 4:31
Now
that the holidays are over, it’s finally quiet. The monsters have
all crept back into their own lives. Santa has retired for another
year, sinking back into his bean bag lazy boy, flipping on the
remote, staring into the HDTV(that he decided to keep for himself
because someone attempted to hit him in the face with a snowball) at
the faces and actions of each and everyone across the world, and just
waiting for a whole new year to pass. Someone should really consider
building the old man an app to handle this tedious task of figuring
out who’s been “naughty or nice”.
For
me, I try to just calculate how many years I’ve been here, or what
day/week/month it is and how the ones I missed had come and gone
without me realizing.
With
all of the chaos at least I remembered I hadn’t written a review in
a while, so I “disappeared” on numerous occasions into my
headphones. As usual, I had never heard this woman’s name before,
had no preconceived notions and once again was overjoyed. At this
game of Russian Roulette I pulled the trigger and there was no bullet
in the chamber, I had chosen the correct name off of my list of
singers to review.
Pride
of America

brings you down into small town America. All of the things that bring
out pride for members of a country town. From a boy working to save
up for a Ford F-150 to little girls tying yellow ribbons around the
trees because their daddies are coming home from serving overseas.
It’s a song that really explains what the heartland is all about.
When
the War is Over,

opens up with a beautiful acoustic guitar. Then Ayla begins to sing
which just adds to the strings. I really don’t think there is
anyone, and I really mean
anyone,
who could listen to this and not think it’s one of the most
beautiful songs they’ve ever heard.
Talk
about shifting gears quickly,
My
Hometown,
picks
up the pace but describes her hometown. It really sounds like a lot
of small towns that I know all across the south. Kinda brings up that
warm feeling, but at the same time brings up a few places I’d like
to visit again for a while.
It’s
Just a Little Rain
brings
you down almost immediately using both the lyrics and music. The
lyrics are about a mother that ha s a boy who wants to become a
soldier. When he grows up he becomes one and goes off to war. When he
is at war he is killed. This is a very powerful song that really
makes you think. The symbolism between rain and tears is used to
reinforce the emotion. Also, when she focus’ back on when he was a
child at the end of the song tears at the heart.
Hero
in her Hometown,
holds
the same theme as the rest of the album so far. It also seems to
follow the pattern of slow song then quicker paced song. This time
the hero is a homecoming queen and captain of the cheerleading squad
who is revered as a hero. No one understands why she signs up to be a
soldier. In order to prove it to the world outside of her small town
she feels she must.
Fly
Away

is another that follows the pattern. This time a sad ballad about a
loved one who has died.
If
the Christmas season is coming back around and you’d like some mood
music or have an elevator than the last three songs are for you.
Luckily for me I found this album at the perfect time.
I
can’t say anything bad about this album. For a lot of the outside
world by listening to this album it really paints a very different
picture than the bright lights of New York City or the big screens of
Hollywood which most people believe the country is all about. It may
help people get an understanding of the regular Joe, or Jane. Ayla
Brown is worth taking a listen to or at very least make note of. 
Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International Magazine


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