Bless Ashley Monroe for doing exactly what she wants. On her new record, the songbird discards her usual country approach for synths and pop glitter. Standout cut “Gold” rinses the listener in an intoxicating grandeur, like it could be the soundtrack to some Steven Speilberg flick.
“You are good as gold / The more I see, the more it shows,” she sings, as the production kicks up into a sound-storm. “Something to behold / I can’t afford to let you go.” Monroe’s voice remains as sturdy as ever, yet there’s something even more evocative about it in such a setting.
Listen to “Gold” below.