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article imageReview: Gretchen Peters tugs at the heart with 'Dancing With the Beast' Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 20, 2018 in Music
On May 18, acclaimed singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters has released her highly-anticipated album "Dancing With the Beast."
Her CD opens on a haunting note with the poignant ballad "Arguing With Ghosts." It is more by the mid-tempo "Wichita," and the acoustic ballad "The Boy from Rye," where her voice is crystalline and heavenly.
It is followed by the moving "Disappearing Act," as well as "Lowlands," and "The Show." Most impressive about this record is that she tells the stories through strong, young female protagonists. The album closes on a fitting note with the soothing ballad "Love That Makes a Cup of Tea," whose lyrics are pure poetry.
Peters, who wrote Martina McBride's signature tune, the Country Music Association (CMA) award-winning "Independence Day," outdoes herself with Dancing With The Beast. Every song on this project has its own identity.
The Verdict
Overall, Gretchen Peters is not afraid to showcase her vulnerability on this album, where she tackles on such sophisticated topics as heartache, loss, death and depression. In return, Peters' vulnerability is the listener's reward. She truly takes her audience on a musical journey thanks to her honest storytelling abilities. Grab a bottle of wine, and let Peters lure you in Dancing With the Beast, which is perhaps the most compelling album of her career. This CD earns five out of five stars.
Read More: Gretchen Peters chatted with Digital Journal about her new album, and the digital transformation of the music business.
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