An Honest Review of Gabby Barrett’s Album, “Goldmine”

Hey y’all! Happy Monday!

Last summer I did my first album review on SS&SS (one of my first posts, actually). This album was “GIRL” by Maren Morris and you can check out the review here. I haven’t done another album review since then because, in all honesty, I haven’t discovered an album where I actually liked the majority of the songs since then. I’ll admit, I’m picky about my music – but then, who isn’t?


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Gabby’s music reminds me a lot of Maren’s. It’s country-meets-pop and is created by a wonderful female artist. Gabby is quickly becoming one of my favorite singers and her latest album, “Goldmine,” did not disappoint.

While I had to include a disclaimer in my review of “GIRL,” “Goldmine” is a very clean album. I’ve never encountered profanity in any of Gabby’s songs (don’t quote me on that, I may have missed one), so I honestly think her music is appropriate for any age.

Let’s start with the song “I Hope.” This song has been playing on both country and pop stations since it was released in July 2019. Gabby included a remake of “I Hope” that she dueted with none other than Charlie Puth. Personally, I like the duet even more than the original. This is by far Gabby’s most famous song – it’s about a scorned ex-girlfriend who discovers her ex got together with another girl.

I hope you both feel the sparks by the end of the drive
I hope you know she’s the one by the end of the night
I hope you never ever felt more free
Tell your friends that you’re so happy
I hope she comes along and wrecks every one of your plans
I hope you spend your last dime to put a rock on her hand
I hope she’s wilder than your wildest dreams
She’s everything you’re ever gonna need
And then I hope she cheats
Like you did on me

10/10 very catchy.

“Write It on My Heart” is probably my favorite song from this album. Gabby sings about leaning on the person you’re in love with and letting them see all of the parts of your life, good and bad.

Give me all your secrets
Give me your hometown
Give me meet your mama
Don’t leave nothin’ out
Everything that came before me
Even all the broken parts
Every chapter of your story
Write it on my heart

It’s a super sweet song with a beautiful message. With the exception of “I Hope,” which is written with a slightly more vengeful tone, all of Gabby’s songs have good messages. “Footprints On The Moon” is about how anything is possible, considering people have literally walked on the moon. “Jesus & My Mama” is about how Gabby refuses to change herself for any boys – after all, Jesus and her mama love her, and that’s what’s important. “You’re the Only Reason” and “Hall of Fame” are, sticking with a classic theme in country music, about true love.

My one complaint about “Goldmine” is the very co-dependent message that one of the songs sends. Check out the lyrics to “Rose Needs a Jack.”

We all should have somebody
Makes us feel like we’re somebody
Every me needs you, every pair needs two
Every June needs a little Johnny Cash
Every Rose needs a Jack
Makes you dance, makes you smile, makes you laugh
Every Rose needs a Jack
That’ll love you if it all goes bad
Every Rose needs a Jack

Personally, I dislike how Gabby says that all girls need a boy in their lives. It’s not true at all, and let’s be honest, some girls don’t even want a boy by their side. If you do, great. If you don’t, also great.

I do appreciate how Gabby mixes this message up a bit with “Strong.”
Lovin’ somebody more than my own breath

Knowin’ that I’m right where he belongs, oh

Bein’ home in the arms of my best friend

Where the light always stays on

That’s where I feel strong, oh

That’s where I feel strong, oh

See the difference? In “Strong,” the man Gabby loves is complimenting who she really is. She can do anything she wants without him, but when she’s with him, she feels even more powerful.

To wrap this up on a good note, check out “Got Me,” featuring Shane & Shane. This is one of the few songs in the album that doesn’t discuss boys.

Nothing can separate me from amazing grace
Jesus, you’re all that I need
If everything falls apart and I don’t know where to start
You bring me back to my knees
‘Cause you’re good
And a God who’s got me
Who’s got me

It’s more like a worship song, in all honesty.

To wrap this review up, go check out Gabby Barrett’s album, “Goldmine.” Of course, you should consult with your parents first, and just remember that all opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

And if you need more country-meets-pop music by another talented female artist, here’s another link to my review of “GIRL.”

Have a great week, everybody!

What do you think of Gabby Barrett? Do you like country-meets-pop?



What I’m Listening To | Quarantine Playlist

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Hola, mis amigos.

While it may have been nice for the government to announce the coronavirus as an April Fool’s joke, let’s be realistic.

March may have felt like an entire year, and we’re still at home. I don’t know about you, but I have music playing constantly in the background whenever I’m in my room (which is about 95% of the time). As I mentioned in my Life post at the end of March, I upgraded to Spotify premium so I could play my music in whatever order I wanted. Probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – if you’re thinking about upgrading, I 10/10 recommend.

Because I listen to music so much, I’m always cycling through playlists and getting tired of the same old songs. If you have the same struggle, maybe this playlist will give you some good ideas!

Quick disclaimer, though . . . check with your parents before you listen to these songs! These are just my personal jams at the moment and different families have different rules about music enjoyment. None of these songs have parental advisory labels on them but you should still check.

So without further ado, here’s a mix of my main playlists, in no particular order:

  • shut up – Greyson Chance
  • Rebels – Ivy Adara
  • Out of Love – Alessia Cara
  • Dazed & Confused – Ruel
  • So Am I – Ava Max
  • I Believe You – FLETCHER
  • Fortress – Lennon Stella
  • Rooting For You – Alessia Cara
  • Wasted Youth – FLETCHER
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  • Heartless – Kanye West
  • Friends – Ella Henderson
  • Over My Head – FLETCHER
  • Face To Face – Ruel
  • Famous – Ivy Adara
  • Princess – FLETCHER
  • Saturday Nights – Khalid
  • War Paint – FLETCHER
  • Sunday Best – Surfaces
  • Ring – Selena Gomez
  • Real Thing – Ruel
  • Give Your Heart a Break – Demi Lovato
  • Replay – Zendaya
  • Younger – Ruel
  • Almost Love – Sabrina Carpenter
  • Ruin That For Me – Avenue Beat
  • Glorious – Ella Henderson
  • L.A. – Rosie Darling & OKO
  • Ghost – Oliver Nelson Remix – Ella Henderson & Oliver Nelson
  • Riptide – Vance Joy
  • I Found You – Andy Grammer & Cash Cash
  • Lost – Blake Rose
  • Seeing Other People – MacKenzie Porter
  • Living Proof – Camila Cabello
  • stupid – Tate McRae (love love love this one and if you have TikTok you’ll probably recognize it)
  • Too Young – Sabrina Carpenter (Sabrina Carpenter’s older music is really good)
  • Clearly – Grace VanderWaal
  • Thumbs – Sabrina Carpenter
  • Seamless – Sabrina Carpenter
  • Have It All – Jason Mraz
  • Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
  • La Di Da – Lennon Stella (10/10 a great song)
  • Wild Things – Alessia Cara (this one is a bop!)
  • death bed – Powfu
  • Maniac – Conan Gray (dance party, anyone?)
  • Had It All – Parachute
  • Someone To You – BANNERS
  • Peer Pressure – James Bay
  • River of Tears – Alessia Cara
  • In My Head – Peter Manos
  • better off – Jeremy Zucker
  • Yellow Lights – Harry Hudson
  • If the World Was Ending – JP Saxe & Julia Michaels (another one off TikTok)
  • Complicated – Olivia O’Brien
  • All My Friends – AJ Mitchell
  • Dancing With Your Ghost – Sasha Sloan (also a bop, kind of a sad bop, but a bop nonetheless)
  • Hard Sometimes – Ruel
  • Worst of You – Maisie Peters
  • Keep On – Sasha Sloan
  • Salt – Ava Max
  • scared – Jeremy Zucker
  • smiling when i die – Sasha Sloan
  • Still Into You – Meadowlark

My favorite artists at the moment are Sasha Sloan, Sabrina Carpenter, Alessia Cara, Ruel, and FLETCHER (though you have to be careful with some of her songs, because there’s quite a bit of profanity in a couple of them. These ones are clean though).

I also listen to quite a bit of Christian and country music, but neither of those genres really mix well with the playlist above, so I might save those for a later post if y’all are interested in seeing some of that.

Also I know some of those songs are better known for their TikTok videos, but I actually don’t even have TikTok. 😂 I see them on Instagram sometimes, however.

One last thing before I wrap this post up – you guys left so many sweet and supportive commens on my Life: March post and let me just say, they made my week! The responses from that post were completely unexpected but most welcome. Thank you for your support, I’m so glad to have made so many great friends on the blogosphere. 🙂

What music have y’all been listening to recently? Do you like any of the songs above? What are your song recommendations for me? I’m always up for new music!



Maren Morris – An Honest Review of the Album “GIRL”

Hey friends. Happy almost-summer!

I’ve reached the point where, despite the fact that I only have four days of school left (three days this week and then one next week), I honestly just do not care how much school I have left. It’s become a monotonous rhythm since I got past the point of “four more weeks! Three more weeks!”

On the bright side, I’m beginning to pack for our trip to Europe! *checks sidebar* Only 14 days to go!” Wait . . . that’s two weeks . . . 😣 I have a lot to do.

Anyway, today’s post is about Maren Morris and her new album, “GIRL.”

To be honest, I didn’t even know who Maren Morris was until I started to listen to country music again. And that’s when I realized that this is the same girl who sang “The Middle” with Zedd and Grey. But once I started listening to her album, I decided I liked her own country music much more. In fact, I’m listening to it as I write this.

So. Is “GIRL” really worth listening to?

Note: This review is a brief overview of Maren Morris’ album, and does not include every song. Always ask your parents before listening to new music. This review is for mature people, and may include the topics of drinking/doing drugs/profanity/sexual relationships in reference to song lyrics.

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First off, let’s look at the album cover. A bit risqué, yes. But since we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, let’s take a peek at the songs.

The album is named for Maren’s song, “GIRL.”

Girl, won’t you stop your cryin’?
I know that you’re tryin’
Everything’s gonna be okay
Baby girl, don’t you hang your head low
Don’t you lose your halo
Everyone’s gonna be okay
Baby girl

This song is about the struggles that girls go through in life, so the message is very positive. However, the song does include the word s*** in the first line, and Apple Music does not offer a clean version.

I’m going to be honest and admit that I have not listened to every song in this album, after listening to the first few lines of some, I decided the song was too “boring” and skipped to the next one. And I didn’t even try to listen to the one titled “Make Out With Me.”

While we’re still on the topic of the negative side of the album, let’s discuss “All My Favorite People,” featuring Brothers Osborne. The song is about letting loose with your friends and has a few lines about drinking/doing drugs while others do not understand why you are doing those things. While the song has a very catchy beat, it may not send the best message.

Not everybody drinks on a Tuesday night
Mixes their liquor with Crystal Light
With a couple of friends they called out of the blue
And not everybody spends what they made that week
On a tank of gas and a little bit of weed
But all my favorite people do

And to wrap up the cons of “GIRL,” I would like to mention the song “RSVP.” This song includes probably the most suggestive lyrics in the entire album, as it is basically about sleeping with a guy.

Don’t tell me that you got better plans
For those velvet hands, they’re in demand
Don’t tell me that you’re not a little curious
Don’t be so serious, it can be only us 

(And those aren’t even the worst lyrics.)

And now, onto the better songs in this album!

My personal favorite is “Bones.” The song is about building a great relationship with someone you love, and how, if you work on the core structure, you can weather all storms with someone by your side to support you. The song has a beautiful tune describes a very pure relationship. Pretty different from “RSVP,” huh?

When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter
Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter
Let it rain ’cause you and I remain the same
When there ain’t a crack in the foundation
Baby, I know any storm we’re facing
Will blow right over while we stay put
The house don’t fall when the bones are good

My other favorite is “A Song for Everything.” It’s kind of sentimental and reminds you of all the times in your life that you went through, both good and bad.

One danced you through love
One rocked you through lonely
Mixtaped your heartbreak and made you feel holy
For the hits and the misses
For the fire and rain
Close your eyes and listen
‘Cause there’s a song for everything, yeah
There’s a song for everything

Most of the songs in the album are about love – “Gold Love,” “To Hell & Back,” “Great Ones,” etc., as country music tends to reflect that topic. Overall, I love Maren’s music (not all of it, obviously!), but I definitely think it’s better for 13+. Of course, that’s just my opinion, and you should definitely research further (preferably, with your parents), before listening.

Have a great week, everybody!

What do you think of Maren Morris? Do you like her new album? Do y’all like country music?

–  Morgan