This Is Hit Inc / Stoney Creek Records
Release Date: September 8th 2022 / March 21st 2023 / March 24th 2023
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
Lindsay Ell– Let The Words Come Out (Single) / I’ve Got The Music In Me (Single) / Sweet Spot (Single) (iTunes) / (Amazon mp3/iTunes) / (Amazon mp3/iTunes)
- Let The Words Come Out
- I’ve Got The Music In Me
- Sweet Spot
Throughout the past few years- and ever since we started this blog series about influential artists that we’re still in the middle of; I have been fortunate to explore and resonate with many different types of music. Predominately in the country genre, but some pop artists as well. My unexpected love for these albums has shown me that there are no limits to what God can use to encourage us in our walk with Him and on this road called life. One of the most inspiring artists I’ve heard over the past few years is Canadian country singer/songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Lindsay Ell. Her 2020 album heart theory was one of the most powerful, thought-provoking, and inspiring albums I’ve heard in a while, and I blogged about her in my blog series about future and upcoming influential artists. You can read the blog about her here, as well as read my extensive and glowing 5/5 review of heart theory. And now that you all are awakened to the awesomeness and sheer brilliance of Lindsay; you can read about her 2022 single “Right On Time”. Since that time, Lindsay has released three brand new singles that we as a site haven’t touched upon yet, so let me expand upon these ‘new-ish’ songs!
“Let The Words Come Out”, a powerful, haunting, and thought-provoking anthem, is written by Lindsay and Sugarland co-lead singer Kristian Bush. The track is available to listen on Spotify here (an U.S. exclusive) and though I haven’t listened to the song (I will someday, somehow!), the story behind the track (about surviving sexual assault!) is pretty profound, and deserves a listen for those of you who do live in America. “I’ve Got The Music In Me”, the jovial and poppy theme song for the competition show Canada’s Got Talent, was originally by The Kiki Dee Band, and Lindsay’s stirring and passionate rendition is thoroughly engaging and enjoyable. But it is “Sweet Spot” that tugs at my emotions, as Lindsay fervently and honestly details her recent diagnosed eating disorder and sings about finding that balance in life between work and taking time for yourself.
With all of these three melodies, especially “Sweet Spot” resonating because of the brilliance of Lindsay Ell the singer and the songwriter; I reckon Lindsay and her music are about to change the world in the lives of many- in a very massive way if they haven’t already! Having already shown us a track-for-track and like-for-like recording of her favourite album ever- John Mayer’s Continuum in The Continuum Project in 2018; Lindsay proves to us that she can still record vibrant and poignant melodies after her sophomore record. I mean, where’s the sophomore slump? Hopefully never arriving…
The beauty of music is that it can touch so many lives, and when we remember this, we can appreciate heart theory and all of Lindsay’s original material, as standout songs of this modern era. So, as we continue about our day; let us spin through every single song from Lindsay Ell (inclusive of all of these three songs!), several times. And we can also dwell upon the important relationships in life; and thank God for Lindsay Ell– one of the brightest and talented new-ish musicians and songwriters of this generation. Well done, Lindsay; I can’t wait to hear what God has in store for you next! Maybe a Christmas album or a live project?
I remember sitting on my kitchen floor bawling my eyes out. I wasn’t able to control it anymore, whether it was me eating something or me not eating anything. And I was just like, I can’t do this anymore. This is exhausting and I can’t do this alone.
Specifically in the entertainment industry, I think it’s so easy to slough it off. For the longest time, I was just like, ‘I’m an artist and this is just the way of life. This is what we do.’ It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I may have a problem that needs to be addressed.
I essentially wouldn’t eat much at all beforehand [a show or an interview or something…] But I would do the thing, and then I would binge eat in a way that was completely uncontrollable.
I really feel like, for the past year of my life, I’ve been challenged to just be real and not put on any façade of what I’m feeling or who I’m being. I feel like through vulnerability and through being open, we are definitely able to make these tough places in our life so much easier. The more I share my heart and the things I’m going through; it causes me to just to be real and not sit in denial of my own self.
I can’t look in the mirror and B.S. myself and pretend like I’m feeling something I’m not. It’s almost like this weird accountability thing. The more vulnerable I get; it causes me to be more real with myself.
It’s not until you can feel some of the highs and some of the lows that you can find that spot in the middle that is, in essence, the sweet spot. With perspective, you can reach this ‘sweet spot’ mentality about your reality every day if you want. This whole recovery process — I mean it doesn’t feel great, to be honest. It’s harder because the behaviors you were doing were to cope with how s—ty everything feels. So when you take away those coping behaviors, it honestly feels worse for the first little bit, which is the moment I’m sitting in right now. I know that there’s a more balanced and more realistic life that I can live. I’m really excited about the music I feel is going to come from it.
RIYL: Lady A, Dixie Chicks, Maren Morris, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert