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 (four years ago) Permalink

a certifiably classic album imo

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

'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 (four years ago) Permalink

think this is "you got me"

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

Bloomington After Dark, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:52 (four years ago) Permalink

"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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

*singer

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

Tim F, Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:28 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 9 July 2014 00:01 (three years ago) Permalink

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

System, Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:01 (three years ago) Permalink

My pick won!

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

Great! That's my favourite as well.

gregus, Saturday, 12 July 2014 14:34 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

but really, that whole song

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah thumbs up for this!

lex pretend, Monday, 9 March 2015 21:12 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

she's on to something good, you might say

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

This is great! Love Ashley so much.

Tim F, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:50 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

24 july!

lex pretend, Friday, 19 June 2015 13:57 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

lex pretend, Friday, 19 June 2015 14:08 (three years ago) Permalink

"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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

album confirms my theory that she is the center of gravity for "nashville," the tv show. they've used a bunch of her songs but, jesus, every song on this album is perfect for one character or another. it helps, of course, that breaking up is every "nashville" character's favorite activity.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 24 July 2015 18:08 (two years ago) Permalink

New album is now on Spotify.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 25 July 2015 02:35 (two years ago) Permalink

OK fine I like "Bombshell."

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 25 July 2015 02:38 (two years ago) Permalink

amazing how the integrity of the album must be preserved and nurtured at all times

I get the sarcasm, but I also think as long as acts keep releasing collections of songs presented as albums, I will keep listening to them as such. Tbh, I really wish bands and acts of all ilk would resume releasing stand-alone singles that aren't just trailers for the record. It would shake things up nicely and give acts something to promote between major release cycles.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 25 July 2015 21:27 (two years ago) Permalink

here's the show i went to last week; well worth a watch
http://www.npr.org/event/music/427418193/watch-ashley-monroe-perform-live-in-concert

let's not get too excited w/ the ouches (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 30 July 2015 14:05 (two years ago) Permalink

this is a goddamn great album

listening to it + events of recent months combined to incite some serious albeit cathartic ugly crying this morning, yeesh

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Monday, 3 August 2015 12:21 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this might be my favorite album of the year. "if love was fair" and the title track just floor me. seeing her in october

Heez, Thursday, 3 September 2015 19:00 (two years ago) Permalink

When you live in a big city, waiting for country acts to play in the city limits must be what it's like for someone in middle of nowhere Alabama waiting for Yo La Tengo or something.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 3 September 2015 20:35 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

She just played the Historic 6th & I Synagogue in Washington DC tonight (where she is not getting much country radio support). Good but short show. Emphasis on the new album (and her voice seemed stronger on those cuts live) but also a Pistol Annies song, and cuts from her other efforts. Sadly, no "If Love Was Fair."

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 October 2015 04:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Sadly, no "If Love Was Fair."

I know!! My favorite song on the album and she skipped it. Great show otherwise

Heez, Friday, 30 October 2015 04:33 (two years ago) Permalink

saw her in nyc. really nice show. encored with "games people play."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C47v_6B5h60

Thus Sang Freud, Friday, 30 October 2015 11:23 (two years ago) Permalink

still one of the albums of the year

lex pretend, Friday, 30 October 2015 11:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Yes. X-post--She did the same encore in DC. Her introduction for "On to Something Good" was something like "Here's one of my few positive songs," while later for another song she specifically noted how Miranda Lambert had a hit with "my song, but it wasn't me doing it." But she didn't come across as negative; just humble and self-deprecating and these are the facts. Nice story about Guy Clark and the writing of "Like a Rose," friendly comments about walking around Washington D.C.

The 1200 or so seat room was not full, but there was a sizable crowd. I also had an extra ticket I could not unload. She is not getting lots of country radio play (and this weeknight gig was in downtown DC not in the burbs where mega-arena shed country shows take place), and it seems that folks I know into alt-country also are not interested or something. She also doesn't have that crossover aspect that Kacey Musgraves has.

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 October 2015 14:47 (two years ago) Permalink

yes, she introduced a song as one she had tried hard to sell to radio with limited results. "but that's ok, to you guys it's a hit!" i also wondered wonder if she's gearing up for the americana marketplace. i notice she guested on don henley's recent austin city limits appearance along with trisha yearwood, martina mcbride, etc.

Thus Sang Freud, Friday, 30 October 2015 16:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Seems like they are trying to market her to the Americana audience now. She seems willing to guest with lots of folks-- gets her name out there. Henley lately; previously Train; years back Jack White & Raconteurs; Wanda Jackson. Nashville tv show too, I think was mentioned upthread.

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 October 2015 16:57 (two years ago) Permalink

i think every one of my favourite artists this year has been rejected by radio

lex pretend, Friday, 30 October 2015 17:00 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

she didn't win any grammys, huh? i saw that stapleton won, which reminded me that i should sell my copy of 'traveller' (it's not my thing, i tried.)

'platinum' & 'american middle class' & 'the blade' are almost unfairly good in such different ways, such complete works and listenable all the way through. i can't even say which one of the best though 'the blade' is the one i've listened to the most in recent months (not just because it's most recent.)

nomar, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 19:47 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

incredible gig tonight for her uk debut, and one of the most rapturous receptions i've ever seen from a non-teenage audience for any artist - who knew london loved her so much? different stages of their careers but this outdid the (warm) welcome kacey musgraves got on her uk debut in 2013.

miranda lambert came out for the encore (in a 350-capacity venue) and they duetted on "the blade" and "heart like mine"!!!

and ashley debuted one new song she wrote last week and it was incredible, haunting folk in the vein of "run daddy run"

cher guevara (lex pretend), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:31 (two years ago) Permalink

oh man -- I wish I'd been there

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

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

Sorry, coming out Friday.

omar little, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:23 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

HI DERE

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

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omar little, Friday, 9 March 2018 20:06 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

halfway through and it's sounding fantastic so far

Simon H., Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:43 (two months ago) Permalink

the arrangements are *lush*

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:43 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

it's out next friday alfred

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:53 (two months ago) Permalink

the strings on this album are so wild

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:54 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

oh my god album of the year

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:16 (two months ago) Permalink

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

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:17 (two months ago) Permalink

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

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:50 (two months ago) Permalink

it is ridiculous how great she is

omar little, Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:54 (two months ago) Permalink

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

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 13 April 2018 22:29 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2018 10:14 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

oh my god album of the year

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flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:00 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink


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