Album Review: 'Unapologetically', Kelsea Ballerini

Album Review: 'Unapologetically', Kelsea Ballerini

I’m unapologetically in love with how true to yourself you are, Kelsea.
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I know I’m not the only one who was over the moon excited when Kelsea Ballerini announced the release of her sophomore album, Unapologetically, following smashing success with her debut album, The First Time. As soon as I woke up on November 3, the album’s release date, I hit play on track one, and I fell in love instantly. Here’s a track by track breakdown of my first reactions to Kelsea’s newest release:

1. "Graveyard

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“Now I’m just a dash between two dates.” Wow, if those aren’t some of the most hauntingly beautiful lyrics in a song you have heard, how else could you possibly describe them? In this song, Kelsea gives us a raw expression of how it feels to be used and torn down in a relationship. If you listen to the words closely, you may begin to feel like this guy has taken advantage of you too.


2. "Miss Me More

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This is the ultimate anthem for anyone who has freed themselves from someone who has made them feel like they are unable to be themselves. No matter what kind of relationship, with other people or even yourself, this song is so relatable for so many people.


3. "Get Over Yourself

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To the guy who can’t seem to grasp that his ex has moved on – this one’s for you! This track is surely a bop that any girl who’s over and done with someone will blast on repeat.


4. "Roses

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The beat will grab you immediately, and the rest of the song will pull you in forever and always. Even if the love story didn’t end up lasting longer than a bouquet of roses, this jam is definitely a keeper.


5. "Machine Heart"

Kelsea, this one got me from the start. This is such a truthful, vulnerable song and I feel such a connection to it. Not only are the lyrics breathtaking, but the arrangement is brilliant.


6. "In Between"


“I’m half head up in the clouds, half feet upon the ground.” If the previous track wasn’t enough to get me, this one comes along and smacks me right across the face. Regardless of what season of life you’re in, we can all feel stuck between two extremes, and Kelsea does a beautiful job of reminding us that’s okay. Not to mention the voicemail at the end, I mean how sweet was that.


7. "High School

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“And the world gets cruel when you’re still living in high school.” We all know somebody who’s stuck there, and odds are, they may not ever get out. They aren’t ready to be a part of the real world, and something like that will catch up eventually.


8. "End of the World"


We’ve all gone through seasons where we felt that our world was shattered into pieces whether the cause was great or small. Kelsea reminds us that when we least expect it, someone may come into your life, lead you from that darkness back to light, and restore your hope.


9. "I Hate Love Songs

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This track is so honest in how it responds to the superficiality of a love song. Without having to spew the gushy messages of a love song, Kelsea says, the only thing that matters is that you’re truly in love.


10. "Unapologetically"


Another one of those tracks that is a true bop. If you’re in love, you shouldn’t ever apologize for how much you show it. I’m unapologetically in love with how true to yourself you are, Kelsea.


11. "Music"


I’m definitely feeling cool, sexier vibes with this one. It couldn’t have been placed in a better place on the track list either.


12. "Legends

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“We didn’t do it for the fame or the glory, but we went down in history.” Get in your car and roll down the windows with this one blasted. After you listen, I bet you you’ll put it on repeat. Everyone can embody the lyrics of this song in their own way, and that makes it truly special.


Kelsea, you could not have put out a better sophomore album, it’s actually hard to believe it’s only your second record because of how open your words are. What you have given us is such an honest, vulnerable piece of you and I so admire that. Each track is so distinct, but as a whole, they blend wonderfully. Not to mention, the presentation of the record is stunning! Congrats, girl, you’ve definitely struck gold with this one.


Cover Image Credit: Parade

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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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