Likes: Better Dig Two, Done, I Saw a Light, Back to Me Without You, Once Upon a Time
Dislikes: Forever Mine Never Mind, Night Gone Wasted
Overall: Fun and musically eclectic, somewhat youthful lyrics and foreseeable melodies
Family trio, The Band Perry, gears up to take on the sophomore jinx with “Pioneer.” One might assume that their record label would push the group into country-influenced pop after the Top 40 success of prior single, “If I Die Young,” but fortunately, the band is on a diverse path. All a little bit country, pop, rock and blues, “Pioneer” is a fun and enjoyable record about romance and finding your way. The lyrics are great, but at times more teenage-like than you would expect, given that most of the members are 24 or older. Musically, nothing beats the sound of a band’s live instruments, but the melodies are occasionally very predictable. Lead singer Kimberly’s voice is very emotive, despite being light, and has the potential for a raspy, grungy feel fit for a great country rocker. It’s safe to say that the sophomore period will go smoothly for The Band Perry and I doubt that they will have continual problems with predictability. If I were to grade “Pioneer,” I’d give it a B-.