Lauren Alaina: Possible Singles?

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Rate The Music Country has a special survey up with 4 clips from Lauren Alain’s upcoming album, Wildflower:

Georgia Peaches
Tupelo
Wildflower
The Middle

The label may be gauging the interest in these tunes in order to pick her next single.

If you’re an Alainer and really really would like to listen to the songs in full, you can sign up for Rate The Music HERE.

Also, I would like to take this opportunity to PIMP Windmills most excellent review of Lauren’s album, set to be released October 11! READ IT HERE!

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  • Kirsten

    Well, based on windmills review and what we’ve heard of demos, I would have thought that “Growing Her Wings” or “18 inches” should have been the single (18I also has the Carrie tie-in so she could have performed it with Carrie somewhere). “The Locket” should be the second single (you got to go a bit up beat after LMMD, so TL isn’t in my consideration for the first single).

    So, to start with, I don’t like any of these choices. IDK. “Georgia Peaches”? Sounds spunky. “Wildflower” I guess if you want to work the album name into people’s conciousness.

  • girlygirl

    I have a feeling they’ll go with Georgia Peaches as the 2nd single. But none of these songs are the ones Windmills suggested should be singles in the album review linked here :)

  • wordnerdarchie

    It was nice to be able to hear 4 of her songs. It was difficult to rate them, but I liked The Middle the best.

  • windmills

    I didn’t mention this in my review but Mercury obviously has a different idea of Lauren as an artist than I do. They seem to think belting country/rock Lauren is the way to go. Too, out of these choices The Middle is the only one that sounds young.

    My 1st reaction to seeing the single choices was: Lauren’s single choices, brought to you by the same peeps who selected TTWG as Scotty’s single! But that’s not really fair. It is a little predictable that their choices are tracks 1, 3, and 4 (and 6) on the album. I had some hope for Growing Her Wings because it was track 2 but based on this survey, they’re not looking at it as a single.

    It’s not that any of these other than The Middle are bad songs. Even The Middle has a nice, catchy, anthemic melody. But it’s not country at all and I can’t get behind a song whose chorus has a lyric like “Take each day and make it last/Cause you turn around and the future is the past.” I love the 3 writers of that song and think they’re really really talented but this song’s not for me. The label probably hopes this will be Lauren’s The Climb.

    I liked Georgia Peaches when I heard Mallary Hope sing it and I like some of the country touches in the production of Lauren’s version. But Lauren has to shout the pre chorus because of the production. It didn’t turn out the way I’d have preferred but out of these choices, GP is what I’d pick as a single. I think it has the best chance of becoming a hit out of these 4.

    This version of She’s A Wildflower is decountrified and a storytelling miss. You can tell on Lauren’s album when she’s invested in the story and this is a case where she doesn’t sound like she is. She has to shout the chorus because they took the song to a higher key.

    Tupelo’s a very good song and Lauren sounds good on it. Eventually she’ll sing it with more character. If it’s a single I’d be fine with that. With how females struggle on country radio I don’t know if it’s something likely to be a hit but I’d rather they take a chance on it than go with Wildflower or The Middle.

  • Lucy1234

    I just took the survey. If these four songs are not the best on the album I am going to love Lauren’s album because I liked them all. I picked Georgia Peaches as the best but I did also like Tupelo a lot. Georgia Peaches reminded me more of a Carrie song and Tupelo reminded me more of a song by The Band Perry. I hope if they are choosing one of the four that they choose Georgia Peaches, I think it could be a hit.

  • wolfsbane813

    im lost on the site. i ended up taking a general country music “have you heard this song/how much do you like it/are you sick of it yet?” survey. i have no idea where to find the one for lauren’s potential singles… a little help?

  • BonnieDee

    OK, I took the survey. I chose Georgia Peaches of the four. I loved it. It was almost country/rock. I also loved the fact that every song showed a different side of her. And, this is important, I knew without a doubt that if even they hadn’t told me who the artist was, I would have recognized her immediately, her voice is unique and her tone is special. She will easily make her mark because her unique tone will stay with people, much like Dolly’s does. I still think Dolly has the most unique and beautiful country voice I’ve ever heard, but after that, I have to say Lauren does.

    I have to disagree with you Windmills about “Wildflower.” I adored it. It had energy and spunk and I think this was her interpretation of how a ” Wildflower” would be–spunky and sassy.

  • wordnerdarchie

    wolfsbane813, on the home page, there should be a section below the link you used to do the survey you mentioned, that says “special music survey-NEW”.

  • BonnieDee

    Kirsten I think they will save 18 inches for later. This appears to be an album with a LOT of great songs on it.

  • wolfsbane813

    that’s strange… i don’t see a link :/

    oh well. that’s a bummer :/

  • wordnerdarchie

    Hmmm, I have one account that takes me to Z100 rate the music, and there’s no link there, obviously cause it’s not a country station, but my other account had the link for Lauren. Maybe try a different email account and register again? It can’t hurt, right?

  • wolfsbane813

    thanks bonnie!!! it worked :)

  • windmills

    Bonnie Dee: Kirsten I think they will save 18 inches for later.

    Not likely. Labels are usually pretty inflexible about what they’ve got their eyes on as singles and the lineup they have in mind when the album comes out (which is usually teased on the sticker) is the one they go with. In a limited survey like this they’re testing their possible singles. So, the lineup they’re testing at Rate The Music more than likely lists the only songs they’re looking at as possible singles.

  • BonnieDee

    Windmills says: “Not likely. Labels are usually pretty inflexible about what they’ve got their eyes on as singles and the lineup they have in mind when the album comes out (which is usually teased on the sticker) is the one they go with. In a limited survey like this they’re testing their possible singles. So, the lineup they’re testing at Rate The Music more than likely lists the only songs they’re looking at as possible singles.”

    You know more about it than I do. I am just confused as to why they wouldn’t release the Carrie song. They will hear from us fans about it if that’s true. My thought on it was that they knew that “The Locket” and “18 Inches” were no brainers, and they were testing other songs with the fans.

    Also, while I didn’t get “The Middle” on first listen (I’m hard of hearing so it sometimes takes me a while to connect with the lyrics), some people said they LOVED it and it was their favorite, so I’m going to give it another chance.

  • songsungblue

    For me, the only one with a tiny bit of energy was Georgia Peaches. I find her kind of generic. A country Miley. Her voice is strong, but I don’t think she brings much interpretation – she’s not interesting to me.

  • Lucy1234

    The middle was my least favorite.

    My ranking:
    Georgia Peaches
    Tupelo
    She’s a Wildflower
    The Middle

  • AmberAlaina20

    question. does anyone know where to preview the songs of Lauren singing them?

  • db987

    I too liked all the songs but agree The Middle is the least country it has a an awfully catchy melody though but not for a first single where she is trying to get a foothold in country radio.
    I actually liked Wildflower the best then Tupelo then Georgia Peaches. I agree the choras on Wildflower is a littlle too loud in terms of the instruments. The rest of the song I thought was just right though.

    Windmill is it possible these would be the choice for an upbeat second single the they would look at someting slower like 18 Inches or The Locket for the next release.

  • wordnerdarchie

    I too liked all the songs but agree The Middle is the least country it has a an awfully catchy melody though but not for a first single where she is trying to get a foothold in country radio.

    Since I don’t listen to much country, that explains why I liked The Middle better, I guess, being it’s the least country. LOL! My second choice was Tupelo.

  • BonnieDee

    Nah, I’m listening to them all again. (Found a Facebook page that had all four songs.) Georgia Peaches is FANTASTIC.

  • lili_anne7

    I saw this link on twitter, it has all the previews:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xleqab_wildflower-previews-lauren-alaina_music

    As far as the next single, if these are the options then to me it’s a no brainer – Georgia Peaches. Lauren’s version is very different from Mallary’s though, a lot more “rockish”.

    Tupelo would also make a good single but it feels more like a summer song.

    I liked Lauren’s version of She’s a Wildflower better than the other version with point of grace. I still don’t think it should be a single though.

    As for the The Middle, I’m not really feeling that song. I think I even liked the demo version better than Lauren’s. I really hope they don’t pick that one. I like pop/rock songs a lot more than I like country, but this song just doesn’t do it for me.

  • halo9125

    Thank you to whomever explained about changing the location to Wyoming. That worked like a charm.

    The new single has to be Georgia Peaches. The rest of the songs are just too bland and non-descript to me. While I’m not a big country fan, I do like country rock, and this was pretty catchy. The Middle put me to sleep, She’s A Wildflower was just ok, – Tupelo fell in the so-so category for me.

    I guess this is Mercury Nashville’s equivalent of a focus group? And I have to wonder- are they so ambivalent about Lauren, and so NOT behind any of the songs on the album that they need to go this route? And I say this not because I dislike Lauren, I think she’s got a lovely voice and beautiful tone- but if I had to be truthful, I could take or leave all four of the songs. JMHO.

  • http://www.groupon.com/r/uu4472596 tammyinohio

    I love Georgia Peaches!! It really shows off her spunky attitude and to me shows who she is more than the others. I really think it could get a lot of air play.

  • ptebwwong

    I think Georgia Peaches should be her next single by far. I could see Lauren making this song country rock. The one thing this song could have a problem on is the oh ohs in the chorus could annoy some people. I know many country fans that were annoyed by Sugarland’s “All I Want To Do” & how the “do’s” were too annoying in the song.

    Tupelo would be my 2nd choice. However, I don’t think this will be a big hit. Since, LMMD hasn’t done that well I would rather have a song that has the potential or a very strong possibility of being a big hit (Top 10).

    I agree that The Middle is not country to me. It is the weakest song of the four. She’s a Wildflower is ok. It doesn’t sound like single material to me, but a song that just gives listeners another side of Lauren. I could definitely see this song for Lauren be more traditional country depending on the production. Overall, I can only see Georgia Peaches as a hit single. The other three are ok, but don’t sound like country hits.

  • happyhexer

    I apologize in advance for sounding negative, but . . .

    For me, the only one with a tiny bit of energy was Georgia Peaches. I find her kind of generic. A country Miley. Her voice is strong, but I don’t think she brings much interpretation – she’s not interesting to me.

    . . . I tend to agree with Songsungblue. Where is Lauren’s beautiful, unique voice in all of this? She sounds very bland, very generic. Maybe after reading Windmill’s glowing review, I had my expectations too high. I much prefer “Like My Mother Does” to any of these four songs. (Yes, I know; I’m the only one on the planet who loves LMMD.) Regardless of its placement on the charts, to me, Lauren sings LMMD with passion and really sells the song. None of these four songs sound like singles, much less like hits. Lauren is just singing — there is no interpretation or feeling behind any of these songs. (Again, this is IMO; I know tastes vary.) I guess I won’t be automatically buying the CD. I will wait to hear all the songs and will cherrypick buying the tracks (if any) that I like.

    Color me massively disappointed.

  • simpsonsfan0

    I haven’t heard any of the songs yet, I don’t want to be spoiled, but I’m sure some people are being way too hard on her. I know I will love them. I’ve read many great things about them from both reviews and my fellow Alainers and we all have similar tastes. I’m a huge Lauren fan and I can’t wait to see her career begin. I see great things for her in the future and I think she will do very well with her second single and her album. I can’t wait to get her album in the mail! :)

  • BonnieDee

    “simpsonsfan0 says:
    09/30/2011 at 10:03 pm
    I haven’t heard any of the songs yet, I don’t want to be spoiled, but I’m sure some people are being way too hard on her. I know I will love them. I’ve read many great things about them from both reviews and my fellow Alainers and we all have similar tastes. I’m a huge Lauren fan and I can’t wait to see her career begin. I see great things for her in the future and I think she will do very well with her second single and her album. I can’t wait to get her album in the mail!”

    Don’t worry Simpsonsfan. There are always people in this particular blog who are very hard on her and the country fans in general don’t agree with them. Now that the previews are out there, we need to get our reactions to the songs in other places than here.

  • windmills

    Bonnie Dee: You know more about it than I do. I am just confused as to why they wouldn’t release the Carrie song. They will hear from us fans about it if that’s true. My thought on it was that they knew that “The Locket” and “18 Inches” were no brainers, and they were testing other songs with the fans.

    It’s just my opinion about 18 Inches and The Locket. Maybe fans will disagree with me and prefer the 4 songs in the Rate The Music test to be singles. But, the label won’t care if fans disagree with their single choices and let the label hear it.

    db987: Windmill is it possible these would be the choice for an upbeat second single the they would look at someting slower like 18 Inches or The Locket for the next release.

    Anything’s possible but usually what happens is the songs that get tested like this are the only ones the label has its eyes on as possible singles.

    halo9125: I guess this is Mercury Nashville’s equivalent of a focus group? And I have to wonder- are they so ambivalent about Lauren, and so NOT behind any of the songs on the album that they need to go this route?

    I might not be understanding what you’re saying here but if you’re asking why Mercury Nashville’s getting feedback on these songs and if that’s a sign they’re ambivalent about Lauren/the songs, then the thing to know is it’s very common practice for a label to test possible singles this way. It’s definitely not a sign of ambivalence. If I misunderstood what you were trying to say then sorry.

    happyhexer: Maybe after reading Windmill’s glowing review, I had my expectations too high.

    In fairness to me :P I listed 2 of these (The Middle and Wildflower) as ones I’d skip and I said another (Georgia Peaches) pushed too hard.

    With the album Lauren’s made Mercury Nashville could pick singles that would position her as a country Taylor Swift minus the victim complex and fairy tales but who can actually sing. IMO there’s a big market out there for that. Instead if these are the single choices then I think they’re avoiding the teenage side of things because they think it might not appeal as much to country radio’s target demo which is females between the ages of 25 to 44 and they’re putting Lauren in poor man’s Carrie/Martina territory. IMO that’s a mistake.

    Lauren’s got the songs to prove she’s her own person with something fresh to bring to the country world. But, it doesn’t seem like those songs are under consideration to be singles. Lauren shows much better interpretation ability on other songs from the album IMO.

  • simpsonsfan0

    @BonnieDee Thank you, it’s great to hear from you on here. I know, there are always going to be people who will be hard on her, it IS the entertainment industry afterall, but we’ll just have to brush it off and not let it get to us. We will always be supporting her, that’s what’s important. I’m not even a country fan, actually, I just love Lauren.

  • lili_anne7

    I apologize in advance for sounding negative, but . .

    . . . I tend to agree with Songsungblue. Where is Lauren’s beautiful, unique voice in all of this? She sounds very bland, very generic.

    I understand your criticism. I do agree that her interpretation needs work on these songs because it does feel like she’s just singing the words without conveying much emotion. From reading Windmills’ review, she did say that most of these songs were the weakest on the album, so I personally wasn’t expecting to be blown away. However I disagree about Georgia Peaches. I really think that song has the potential to become a hit, so I wouldn’t mind if they chose that song as the next single.

  • BonnieDee

    “Anything’s possible but usually what happens is the songs that get tested like this are the only ones the label has its eyes on as possible singles.”

    No disrespect, but after thinking about this for a while, I just can’t believe that those four songs are all that will ever be released. Putting this together with something I heard from Lauren’s family, which is that release was slow because the label was having trouble deciding what single to release, I really think they did the survey to pick the first single from those four. I don’t think that’s all there will be. I also just heard Lauren talking AT LENGTH about 18 inches in an interview on GAC. I don’t believe that’s the last we’ll hear of that song.

  • halo9125

    @windmills- No need to apologize, you don’t misunderstand me at all. I am sure it is common practice for record labels to get feedback on what songs from an album are potential hit singles. To me, in this particular case, it should be such a no-brainer that “Georgia Peaches” is the song of choice, I don’t see why they chose to go that route. The other 3 songs to me are so blah by comparison.

  • happyhexer

    FYI only: I’m not one of the people who have been hostile to Lauren. I love her voice and I’ve been looking forward to her CD. I’m just not loving these four songs. Maybe if I listen more, they’ll grow on me. But right now, I can’t help feeling disappointed.

    Windmills, I’m really, really hoping you are right, and that there really are songs on the CD where Lauren shows better interpretation ability. I suspect you are right that it would be better to position Lauren with a teenage identity. That way, she’d at least have an identity. Plus, Taylor is really the only female singer angling for young girls, so there is room for some competition. I don’t think working the teenage angle would necessarily alienate olders females, though. We were all teens at one point in our lives, and the right songs, even if targeted at teens, could still have universal appeal.

  • happyhexer

    lili_anne7 ~

    Thank you for understanding. I’m not suggesting that anyone else will feel the same way. That was just my personal reaction. Nothing sounded bad. It just didn’t sound like the Lauren I’ve come to love. I have her AI EP and I love everything on it!

  • LeeLee

    Loved Georgia Peaches, [congrats to Mallary Hope] but also really liked Tupelo–the repeats in both pieces are catchy. Listeners will be singing them. Selected Georgia Peaches on the rating service, but upon a second listen, not sure that I didn’t like Tupelo even better. Both have potential for hits! If Windmills thinks these are some of the weakest, then the album should do very well! [Loved Windmills review!] I’ve already preordered. I’m betting the single will be Georgia Peaches.

  • iluvai

    That was a nicely and well written review by Windmills, not just because I like Lauren. :)

    Windmills, I know you are into country music, but are you a journalist, music fan, or something else? Thanks for the review.

  • Tony

    The only song I didn’t care for was “The Middle”. Too lifeless, especially considering Lauren’s “spunk”. The other three are great, especially “Georgia Peaches”

    My preference:

    1. Georgia Peaches
    2. Tupelo
    3. Wildflower
    4. The Middle

  • iluvai

    Sometimes I wonder if these talent shows just mess with the young talented people. What if Lauren would have risen through the ranks like Taylor Swift?? They have common and different talents, but I don’t see why Lauren should be less successful. It’s intriguing.

  • windmills

    happyhexer: That way, she’d at least have an identity. Plus, Taylor is really the only female singer angling for young girls, so there is room for some competition.

    Bingo.

    happyhexer: I don’t think working the teenage angle would necessarily alienate olders females, though. We were all teens at one point in our lives, and the right songs, even if targeted at teens, could still have universal appeal.

    ITA, I was just saying that may be what Mercury Nashville’s thinking.

    halo9125: To me, in this particular case, it should be such a no-brainer that “Georgia Peaches” is the song of choice, I don’t see why they chose to go that route. The other 3 songs to me are so blah by comparison.

    Ohhhhh now I understand. Labels do these tests even when they have a clear favorite because they want numbers to back up their decision.

    Bonnie Dee: I really think they did the survey to pick the first single from those four. I don’t think that’s all there will be. I also just heard Lauren talking AT LENGTH about 18 inches in an interview on GAC. I don’t believe that’s the last we’ll hear of that song.

    Personally I hope you’re right. I’m just cynical because fans have spent lots of time on the internet banging their heads against the wall over decisions labels make.

  • Elliegrll

    I think that Georgia Peaches sounds incredible. I hope it’s her first single.

    I’ll agree that Lauren’s voice doesn’t sound as good on some of these clips as it does on the AI studio songs, but sometimes I think the perception of the covers is tainted, because people are familiar with those songs, so we tend to hold them in higher esteem than we do the original music that these alums release.

  • iluvai

    I like “Georgia Peaches” .

  • Katey3

    I like The Middle the best and then Georgia Peaches. I was not as much of a fan of Tupelo. I actually would be happy with either of those as a single. Those were the 2 that i remember and the tunes are sticking in my head.

  • LeeLee

    Loved that listeners got to rate the four tracks–cool! Thanks for the link–wouldn’t have known otherwise!! Now, hope someone on Lauren’s management team gets that web site updated and slicked-up. That’s in need of major work!

  • LeeLee

    I mean Lauren’s web site needs the updating–not the rating site. Lauren’s web site hasn’t been updated in a while. It looks static!

  • Katey3

    The more I am listening to these 4 songs I like them all, even Tupelo! I’m starting to like it more. I just want her album to come out already!

  • happyhexer

    I think the perception of the covers is tainted, because people are familiar with those songs, so we tend to hold them in higher esteem than we do the original music that these alums release.

    I agree that sometimes can be a problem. But in my case, I was only familiar with two of the five tracks on Lauren’s AI EP, so that doesn’t explain it.

  • Ratna12

    I love Georgia Peaches the most. I don’t know why that it reminds me of Cowboy Casanova. I can see Lauren dancing to it.
    After that, Wildflower eventhough it takes forever to get to the chorus, but once there, it is really good.

    Lauren sounds really great on record. I’m sure songs interpretation will improve with more experience in music and life.

  • Drew

    Love Georgia Peaches.

    Doubt she gets a 2nd single.

  • Drew

    And LMFAO at Regis and Kelly being the only mainstream show she is scheduled for. What about Jay Leno, Today, Ellen? Lord.

  • chaz

    Everyone has a different opinion on her songs and its normal! In the words of Miss Lauren Alaina herself, i quote- “All of the songs are very different, so there’s something on Wildflower for everybody.”

    “Georgia Peaches” for first single. She is gonna knock it out of the park with this one, its a no brainer!

    Her voice is gorgeous with a unique tone, i dont see how anyone will put her album down. its just not possible. She is going to do AMAZING, mark my words!! Country fans love her, Twitter is going crazy right now lol!

  • lanae

    Drew,

    You are the most negative person on this blog. What you are saying doesn’t make sense. Why do you think her record label won’t release a 2nd single? You sound ridiculous. Its seems like your are rooting for her failure. Every show scotty will be on next week, more than likely lauren will follow the same cause they are on the same record label and they are both releasing new CD’s

    But getting back to the 4 singles

    I don’t listen to country music at all, never have. I listen to mostly pop/r&b. Lauren was the first country singer in my life that I spend money on. I bought LMMD cause that song touched my heart and everytime I play it I get teary eyed. Lauren is one unique individual cause she made someone like me buy her country single. If she can do that to me and others like me, that tells me that she is going to be HUGE.

    I listened to her 4 cuts and 2 of them STOOD OUT to me and had me bobbing my head and the songs are now stuck in my head, and I said I could see them being played on both POP and Country stations as well as being played on VH1 and CMT/GAC. I think the dilemma for the label is that they want lauren to be crossover artist that appeals to both pop fans and country fans. 2 of the songs do that.

    The Middle/TUPELO…

    The middle has a taylor swift ish sound, which is why I think that is one of the choices. Tupelo is one FUNKY SONG. IT IS THE SHIZIT!! I love that song. I will be purchasing that single.

    Placing 3rd is GEORGIA PEACHES. I like that song as well cause I can see her spunky side tearing this song up on the country charts but not pop charts.

    My least favorite is Wildflower cause it sounds too too country for me but if you are a country fan you should love it

  • taytimber

    “TUPELO” will do great on the charts because it sounds like it totally belong on the radio.

    “Georgia Peaches” is a no brainer like everyone else. I love love love it, Lauren rocking it out with that spunk and sassiness is just as good as it gets.

    “The Middle” is a crossover hit, I don’t understand why people are slamming this song. People who don’t listen to country music and not familiar to Lauren’s music are actually loving this song on the forums, twitter and facebook FYI. When that breathy voice came right out, that’s when the song becomes seriously good.

    “She’s a Wildflower” is relatable to all her female fans especially the young ones who simply adore her to death, and the lyrics are all LAUREN. I just see it doing great as a single because of these factors.

  • luci

    I have two favorites The Middle and She’s a Wildflower. But if I had to choose I would choose The Middle.

  • LexieN

    Lauren was interviewed by Suzanne Alexander on GAC. Snippets/vids come up when you vote on their Top 20 countdown:)

    I will recommend that a fan tweet her or something…her Facebook is static…she needs to post on there, updates and so on…

  • BonnieDee

    Drew says:
    10/01/2011 at 1:43 am
    And LMFAO at Regis and Kelly being the only mainstream show she is scheduled for. What about Jay Leno, Today, Ellen? Lord.

    Drew, It’s still over a week away from the release. More appearances will be added as the week goes on. Scotty’s were set with the same timing. His official promotion schedule was announced on 9/27, which is one week before the release. Here’s Lauren’s schedule so far, with more things to be added later:

    October
    2 Fall Fest – Lancaster PA with Rodney Atkins
    9 Bosom Buddy Brunch
    10 GACTV (Introducing: Lauren Alaina)
    11 Album hits stores
    13 Regis & Kelly
    22 Grand Ole Opry
    29 Nashville Family Day

    November
    8 Lauren’s 17th Birthday
    9 CMA Awards
    The list will be updated as more dates are uncovered… You can see that they’ve left room open around the release.

  • halo9125

    I think it’s fairly clear after utilizing the ratethemusic website that Lauren is most certainly getting a second single. And whatever that single ends up being (although my money is still on Georgia Peaches)- it will be the song she will be singing when her media tour starts.

  • gangreen29

    I really like Georgia Peaches, Wildflower, and Tupelo. The Middle is kind of snoozy. It isn’t bad, but it probably is a song I would skip. I think Georgia Peaches would make the best 2nd single, although I like Wildflower better. I just think Georgia Peaches has a better chance of bringing in more fans. I hope though that they go with a ballad after that, and if she gets another single after that I think Tupelo could be a good choice for a summer single.

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    I love Lauren, but I’m sure there are stronger songs on the album. The only one I liked is Georgia Peaches, so I hope that becomes her next single. The other 3……well, I don’t like The Middle at all. And I’m not sure if it’s just me or my speaker system but her voice seems a little drowned out? I don’t know.

    Still going to buy her album though.

  • Mike M

    I’d release “The Middle” to pop radio.

  • lili_anne7

    I don’t think “The Middle” would go anywhere in pop radio. It would be similar to “This Time”, and to tell the truth, I’m tired of these coronation type songs. Georgia peaches is more edgy, plus Lauren should try to establish herself on her home format before releasing a pop song.

  • michigan

    Out of the 4, Georgia Peaches easily is a favorite. Live, I am sure she could give it energy, she could get the crowd going with the “ohs”, fun on the idol stage or large arena. Video, lots of options. Next, Tupelo. From there, skip to the others like Carrie’s single or the Prayer. What about Boys?? I thought that was a leading contender.

  • Mike M

    I don’t think “The Middle” would go anywhere in pop radio. It would be similar to “This Time”, and to tell the truth, I’m tired of these coronation type songs. Georgia peaches is more edgy, plus Lauren should try to establish herself on her home format before releasing a pop song.

    You are right, of course. It was just my gentle (read less than honest) way of expressing my misgivings about the “country” vibe of these four songs. I love Lauren and will definitely buy the album.

  • Taro

    After reading some of the negative comments on here, I lowered my expectations before previewing the 4 songs. After listening, I have to say that if these were the 4 “weakest” songs on the album (per Windmills review), Lauren’s album is going to be awesome. I like all 4 songs, the melodies are so catchy. And all the 4 songs are so different! IMO Lauren picked really good songs.

    However I do agree with Windmills that the production on Georgia Peaches and I’m a Wildflower is a little too much. Her voice is a little drowned out sometimes which is a real pity. Looking forward to the rest of the songs though.

    Got to add that I’m just like Lanae, a non-country music fan. Lauren’s AI EP is the 1st country album I’ve ever bought. And Wildflower will be my 2nd. Also agree with Lanae about Tupelo & The Middle. Lauren must be something special to catch the attention of non-country fans.

  • michigan

    I am running errands and playing them in my headphones. They are good songs, very catchy after a few times reviewers have said there are stronger cuts so no worries. Plus, these are snippets so you lose a bit. I could hear Wildflower on Radio Disney, so even if some grown ups are puzzled, there is an audience that Miley has left open. Shudder…. have you seen some of her videos?? Definitely left Disney.

  • LeeLee

    Agree with Lanae above—Tupelo cut is funky! Tupelo—birthplace of Elvis [shotgun house is there], birthplace of Delta blues and rock & roll, little hard-scrabble Mississippi Delta town. [Took a road trip across Mississippi couple of years back headed to Memphis.] On Lauren’s CD, Tupelo track is part rock, part country, and a little blue-zzzz. Will appeal to males, females, young, old. Lyrics are stuck in my head: “sang all the way down to Tupelo/love struck right on the money/heartbeat beating to the radio . . .” Love it! Definitely funky!

  • http://www.gleerpg.com gleeRPG

    So I registered on the ratethemusic site and listened to all four songs. I really loved all of the songs, but “She’s A Wildflower” is the one I instantly liked most. I listened to it over and over. I can’t wait for the album now! :D

  • EmyR

    Lauren’s voice is so pretty, and you hear a lot more character to it than on you did on most of her Idol covers. I really enjoyed Georgia Peaches and Tupelo of the possible singles listed here. Her whole album has a good variety and mix of sounds/genres popular in the south. Very nice.

  • Dlynne

    My favorite is Tupelo and The Middle is my least favorite.

  • Tess

    The following is no way a “cut” on Lauren because she has a great voice with a lot of potential but she isn’t the “star” emerging from American Idol and considering all the peeps putting out music everyday she isn’t a priority guest like Scotty who has all the buzz right now. She will be heavily marketed with the country genre but she isn’t national news. If people expect her to get the same treatment that Scotty is getting..it ain’t happening folks…just like it didn’t happen for Pia and it won’t happen for Haley and James.

    Really, only three people outside of Idol winners had the “buzz” outside of the bubble that made them interesting to the media: Aiken, Daughtry, and Lambert…the rest of the idolettes have never gotten the “promo” that the winner did and they have all been treated much more like newbies. Not all singers get on a lot of network TV when they are releasing their first album…in fact for many newbies they make the trip to these shows only after they have proven that they are going somewhere.

    As far as Lauren’s single, I am of the mind that within the bubble there are as many opinions about what song should be released as there are fans. After hearing someone on the radio and buying their albums I am almost always amazed that some other song wasn’t chosen…my favorite never correlates with what recording executives choose to air, and is very rarely the favorite that other fans mention. I just figure that the guys and gals in the corporate suits know a lot more about what appeals to the masses then I do…and if they make the wrong decisions its their asses on the line, not mine.

  • BonnieDee

    I’m sure That Today, Leno, etc. will be added to Lauren’s schedule. She is still more than a week out from her release. Scotty’s promotional schedule was announced a week out from his release. Since exactly a week from Lauren’s release is the day Scotty’s album comes out, her promotional schedule may be released the next day I would expect, so maybe 10/5.

  • BonnieDee

    Oooohhh, the snippets are up on Amazon and they’re fantastic. The Locket might be my fave at the moment, but they are all good.

  • Taro

    Heard the snippets on Amazon. Lauren sounds really really good on The Locket and Dirt Road Prayer. Growing Her Wings sounds good too. Can’t wait to hear the entire songs on Oct 11!!

  • chaz

    oh yeah just checked them out on Amazon too. This is a winning album, seriously im so shocked at how good all these songs she picked are. simply too good for a debut album. maybe prefer some over others but there’s not one that i dislike honestly. Scotty’s got some competition thats all im saying.