Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose POLL

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Like a Rose is the second studio album from country music artist Ashley Monroe. The album was released on March 5, 2013, via Warner Bros. Nashville.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"You Got Me" 5
"Like a Rose" 3
"Used" 3
"Two Weeks Late" 2
"You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)" (feat. Blake Shelton) 2
"Weed Instead of Roses" 0
"The Morning After" 0
"Monroe Suede" 0
"She's Driving Me Out of Your Mind" 0


christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 17:05 (six years ago) link

a certifiably classic album imo

christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 17:05 (six years ago) link

At my friend's wedding this weekend he played "Like a Rose."

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 17:08 (six years ago) link

but yeah this album already feels like a classic. "Used" or "Two Weeks Late" for me.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 17:09 (six years ago) link

'the morning after' is just incredible too. but there are half a dozen out of the nine i'd vote for.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 17:12 (six years ago) link

think this is "you got me"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:21 (six years ago) link

In terms of female led country music albums that i loved last year i initially thought this was kinda minor in comparison to the Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark albums; however, i now think this is the best of the three and certainly the one i return to the most.

Voting 'You Got Me' although i pretty much love all the tracks at this stage bar the closer.

gregus, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 19:28 (six years ago) link

oh by far. I don't rate the B. Clark album.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 19:55 (six years ago) link

Clark's a much better writer than singer -- nice enough voice, but not a lot of personality. Not sure I'd take this over Kacey, I probably like them about the same, both good records with some great songs. Voted "Two Weeks Late."

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:26 (six years ago) link

That's the problem: the thing was like a No Depression record.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:28 (six years ago) link

Hard choice but I went with "You Got Me."

Bloomington After Dark, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:52 (six years ago) link

"two weeks late" was the song that sold me on this album, but lately the ones i tend to go back to most are "like a rose" and "she's driving me out of your mind." such a great album.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:00 (six years ago) link

people who complain about brandy clark's self-effacing performances are totally missing the point, way to hold her album to a standard she's explicitly NOT reaching for. 12 stories is probably my favourite of last year's holy country trinity.

wrt ashley, torn between the tender empathy with which she repurposes a misogynist slur on "used", each metaphor underlining her point in increasingly moving ways that reveal more of how it's been used against the narrator, or "you got me" for...THAT MELODY

lex pretend, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:53 (six years ago) link

The great thing about the Brandy Clark album is how she manages to imbue the characters within the songs with so much personality in such a short space of time.

gregus, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:23 (six years ago) link

lex, I can't get past what a bore Clark is as a signal; it turns even the most thoughtful songs into exercises.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:58 (six years ago) link

*singer

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:58 (six years ago) link

i can't imagine how else those songs could be performed to improve them. she's not boring, she's self-effacing

lex pretend, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:11 (six years ago) link

on her best songs ("Just Like Him", "What'll Keep Me Out of Heaven") her singing hits the mark emotionally ("mama wasted hurrrrr youth on"), but on "Hold My Hand" (the other great song on the album) her singing is too drab, and the arrangement drags along with her. if she could fill those empty spaces with her voice it would work but she doesn't.

those are three great songs though

Euler, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:25 (six years ago) link

Thin line between self-effacing and anonymous. I like a lot of the songs on Clark's album, I think she's a very good writer. But think about what Miranda or Carrie (or Ashley or Kacey) could do with "Hungover" or "Stripes" or "The Day She Got Divorced" -- you'd get layers of anger or humor or resignation or relief that Clark doesn't give them. She relies on the words to tell the stories. Which is why she's more a writer than a singer.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:25 (six years ago) link

here I voted "Like A Rose". love this album to pieces. the only one I sometimes skip is "Monroe Suede"

Euler, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:26 (six years ago) link

"You Got Me", but so much here is great.

Tim F, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:28 (six years ago) link

I love how easily Ashley can turn on a dime from such broad country performances to absolute unshaded vulnerability. What strikes me about her is her simultaneous range and control, every performance feels utterly suited to the song it inhabits.

Tim F, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:08 (six years ago) link

i think i've been playing this a lot (too much?) lately, i just heard my 3 yr old muttering "she's a little fuller/you're a lot shorter" while playing with his train set.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Friday, 27 June 2014 21:13 (six years ago) link

The title track for me by hair over You Got Me. Both are spectacular.

that's not my post, Saturday, 28 June 2014 06:11 (six years ago) link

Gave some support to "Two Weeks Late," but the duet with Shelton is the only track on the album that I don't care for.

Overall, I prefer Like a Rose to 12 Stories, but not by a huge margin-- both were in my top 5 on my Nashville Scene ballot last year. I love what Monroe does with narrative voice and how she's built a singular POV as an artist, whereas I generally prefer Clark's economic use of language and her singing
voice.

jon_oh, Saturday, 28 June 2014 15:43 (six years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 9 July 2014 00:01 (six years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:01 (six years ago) link

My pick won!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:14 (six years ago) link

Great! That's my favourite as well.

gregus, Saturday, 12 July 2014 14:34 (six years ago) link

Old song, but great song. Saw her perform it on the Ten Out of Tenn tour in 2010 (?), and she blew everyone else off the stage.

Bloomington After Dark, Friday, 18 July 2014 03:32 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

how she sings the lines...

I know I'm not some bright and shiny
Polished up
Car that's sparkling new
Right off the salesroom floor

...is just next level, idk.

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Saturday, 25 October 2014 07:47 (six years ago) link

but really, that whole song

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Saturday, 25 October 2014 07:47 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

I love the new single, co-written with Luke Laird. It's a better "Lotta Love."

http://tasteofcountry.com/ashley-monroe-on-to-something-good/

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 8 March 2015 18:37 (six years ago) link

yeah thumbs up for this!

lex pretend, Monday, 9 March 2015 21:12 (six years ago) link

bit obsessed with this now actually, what a brilliant song

"the winding of the road is steadying my soul" <3

lex pretend, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:47 (six years ago) link

That line stood out, more so with that quasi-disco backing.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:59 (six years ago) link

it gives me the kind of rush that i don't get from eg the new carly rae

lex pretend, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:04 (six years ago) link

that's very nice. I like hearing a song as upbeat as this from a woman; feels like taking something good from bro-country without conceding its topical vices. Vince Gill is producing the record too!

droit au butt (Euler), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:37 (six years ago) link

she's on to something good, you might say

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:44 (six years ago) link

This is great! Love Ashley so much.

Tim F, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:50 (six years ago) link

Vince Gill is producing the record too!

! Hope he plays on it! Vince Gill underrated/overlooked/not cool but usually great.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 13:22 (six years ago) link

not Ashley related but Vince Gill's performance at George Jones' funeral is devastating

droit au butt (Euler), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:04 (six years ago) link

This Ashley Monroe interview is from a couple of years ago, but i don't see it posted anywhere. It's utterly fantastic and gives a great insight into her lyrics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G05f5nsvh7k

gregus, Sunday, 15 March 2015 04:51 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

only just caught up with the two new pre-release songs and holy shit this album (THE BLADE) is going to be good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyFD-YevcEM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HO86LNKx7c

lex pretend, Friday, 19 June 2015 13:56 (five years ago) link

24 july!

lex pretend, Friday, 19 June 2015 13:57 (five years ago) link

Re "The Blade" – now here's a way to invigorate a tired metaphor with an unexpected spin (unlike, say, most of the Musgraves album).

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 June 2015 14:02 (five years ago) link

great album title, right? and even better when you hear the metaphor

lex pretend, Friday, 19 June 2015 14:08 (five years ago) link

"i buried your love alive" - never thought ashley would be interested in the gothic side of country but here we are and it's excellent

lex pretend, Friday, 19 June 2015 14:08 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

new album streaming. it's MAGNIFICENT

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/15/422555795/first-listen-ashley-monroe-the-blade

lex pretend, Thursday, 16 July 2015 13:01 (five years ago) link

oh man -- I wish I'd been there

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:31 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

New duet with Butch Walker. It's lovely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYScY9kH8xE&feature=youtu.be

maura, Thursday, 7 July 2016 16:45 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

New song coming out Monday. The few seconds of it she shared on her FB today sounds promising! New album soon I guess?

omar little, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:22 (three years ago) link

Sorry, coming out Friday.

omar little, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:23 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

HI DERE

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 March 2018 20:01 (three years ago) link

https://media.giphy.com/media/26FPCiMhLiRosby3m/giphy.gif

omar little, Friday, 9 March 2018 20:06 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/12/601100251/first-listen-ashley-monroe-sparrow

at the v least the first song on this is crazy gorgeous

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:28 (three years ago) link

halfway through and it's sounding fantastic so far

Simon H., Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:43 (three years ago) link

the arrangements are *lush*

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:43 (three years ago) link

huh. i know i say this every time about every record i remotely like but this might be my fav this year. dark indeterminate left turn of the bridge in "rita" is what sealed it

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:46 (three years ago) link

oh god this is out already? I can't handle this release schedule.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:46 (three years ago) link

it's out next friday alfred

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:53 (three years ago) link

the strings on this album are so wild

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:54 (three years ago) link

first listen – oh god

I've lived with "Hands on You" for a month.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:59 (three years ago) link

from the first note i was making dusty in memphis comparisons, not sure how justified they are

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:00 (three years ago) link

oh my god album of the year

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:16 (three years ago) link

it's like diving into an abyss lined w shimmering gold

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:17 (three years ago) link

guess i could do w/o "daddy i told you" but otherwise

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:50 (three years ago) link

it is ridiculous how great she is

omar little, Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:54 (three years ago) link

i'm gonna fall in love with all of these songs

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 13 April 2018 22:29 (three years ago) link

This album is amazing.

Ashley's voice is so distinct and so completely defines her material. Like at times I get the sense that she could keep pushing in the country-soul direction and end up having some kind of Norah Jones-like crossover success if she wanted to, but then I wonder if her voice is almost too charged for that to happen.

Tim F, Saturday, 14 April 2018 02:23 (three years ago) link

I hate NPR streams, so I'm just getting to this now on Spotify. A pure delight!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 20 April 2018 04:36 (three years ago) link

can y'all imagine a Trio update with Monroe, Womack, and Lambert?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2018 10:14 (three years ago) link

this is gorgeous & I will be listening again and again and again.

I was trying to think of how she could hit & ok, maybe a Norah Jones direction could work, but yes, her singing isn't smooth exactly, she cries, in that way she's like Tammy Wynette & Tammy never crossed over (except with the KLF, lol).

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:11 (three years ago) link

oh my god album of the year

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flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:00 (three years ago) link

I'm stiffening a little -- some songs are rote ("Keys to the Kingdom") -- and to my ears the Womack album last year does elegantly wasted over more varied subject matter than this one. Still! A fine album.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:10 (three years ago) link

i can sort of see that re "keys to the kingdom"? but also it'd be one of my favorites for the bass alone, and the way the drums form a sort of path of stones under her is so lovely

lowercase (eric), Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:20 (three years ago) link

i think "paying attention" is my favorite but i've been listening to "mother's daughter" an inordinate amount

lowercase (eric), Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:22 (three years ago) link

first time through i thought it could've used a couple more tricks in the second half, but it was still lovely to hear

j., Sunday, 22 April 2018 00:07 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

New album sounds great. Maybe not as good as last year's Lee Ann Womack, but still great, a nice balance of '70s tropes and more contemporary ideas, and it's nice to hear such active string arrangements.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 May 2018 15:30 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

going to see her tonight in a 160 capacity venue here in Los Angeles. pretty excited!

omar little, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 18:29 (two years ago) link

As well you should. We order you to report back.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 18:39 (two years ago) link

Reporting back — she is phenomenally good live, and if anything her voice is even more impressive in person.

She played almost entirely songs from her new album, except for a completely perfect “Weed Instead of Roses” and a cover of “Too Much Heaven” by The Bee Gees segueing into her own song “This Heaven.” We were about twenty feet from the stage. She only played an hour since they double booked the main stage, but it was a perfect show. She played with a full band, completely confident and assured and extremely funny and charming. I feel pretty fortunate to have seen her in that setting!

omar little, Thursday, 9 August 2018 04:56 (two years ago) link

i was there too and i can confirm all of that. one of my friends who was not familiar with her complained that she opened with an upbeat song ("hands on you"), closed with the upbeat "weeds instead of roses," and was decidedly not upbeat in between. i thought she was on fire all the way through, but i do get the complaint. but i loved.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 9 August 2018 06:09 (two years ago) link

Oh right on, cuz. I was near the back left hanging out. She was definitely on fire, and i gotta say that show made me wish more country artists would take a flyer and play a random small club date in L.A. like that.

I could see her throwing a couple more barnburners in there like Monroe Suede but it’s all good.

omar little, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:22 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

'For your consideration' bump

Jeff W, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:15 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

Apparently she's left Warner Nashville.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:04 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

New album's out today and solid -- drum machines!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 April 2021 10:07 (one week ago) link

starting my second time through and i was really resistant to it until I got to Drive and found the whole back end engaging and now the front end is growing on me. I may need to roll with it a few times, which is hard with the new Dawn Richard out... but I'm trying!

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 30 April 2021 14:09 (one week ago) link

if you only heard the instrumentals you would never guess this was the new ashley monroe album. I like it a lot so far.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Friday, 30 April 2021 15:07 (one week ago) link

first track i was like “this is a great follow up to last year’s vanessa carlton record”

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 30 April 2021 16:07 (one week ago) link

Yeah, its defining quality is that it doesn't sound like Ashley Monroe so that's part of what I'm coming to terms with.

Fave track thus far - and a good representation of her new style - is probably 'Groove'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do_An3ovR5A

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 30 April 2021 17:30 (one week ago) link

“silk” is the most beautiful song

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 30 April 2021 17:57 (one week ago) link

'Gold' and 'See' and 'The New Me' are sort of the epitomes of what i don't like about this shift but I need to be more patient with not letting the few clunkers put me off the enjoyable tracks

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 30 April 2021 18:00 (one week ago) link

what’s wrong with “see”

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 30 April 2021 18:03 (one week ago) link

feels aimless and weightless and somnambulent

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 30 April 2021 18:10 (one week ago) link

that chorus is from heaven tho

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 30 April 2021 18:12 (one week ago) link

she sounds heavenly everywhere tho

btw, this came out last week and is on heavy rotation at chez forks. as good or better than anything on the album imo but has gotten zero attention
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT8DKJHniSI

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 30 April 2021 18:16 (one week ago) link

"Gold" is actually the lamest song -- the chorus just...sits there.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 April 2021 18:17 (one week ago) link


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