The recent resurgence of women in country music really has been refreshing to witness. Kelsea Ballerini dominated the charts with ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’, Kacey Musgraves released one of the most authentic, beautifully written albums in years, and Carrie Underwood has had international success with ‘Storyteller’. But let’s not forget Camaron Ochs, known as ‘Cam’, who has been a breath of fresh air to the genre, releasing an EP which showcased a new, unique country sound; an introduction to an artist sure to have a very long, successful career. She is set to release her much-anticipated debut album ‘Untamed’ on Friday, a stunning collection of songs which, in truth, all have the potential to be released as singles.
We start with the title track, ‘Untamed’. A slow and steady introduction? Not a chance. Cam hits us with a knockout punch from the outset, with a punchy, thumping back beat and heavy bass, providing one of the most effective, memorable tracks on the album. It begins with jungle-like sounds, provoking imagery of ‘Untamed’ wild animals with no rules and no worries, laying the foundations for the lyrical meaning of the song. This is a fun, catchy opener which sets the tone for the rest of the album.
The four tracks from her ‘Welcome To Cam Country’ EP feature on the album, including her smash-hit single ‘Burning House’ which has truly catapulted Cam into the country spotlight. Deservedly so, as it is one of the most beautifully written country songs out there. Cam is nominated for ‘Best Country Solo Performance’ at the Grammys with this. My personal favourite from the EP, ‘Half Broke Heart’, is another one which should not be skipped. This is such a fun, playful track which you’ll be singing for weeks. I feel it is well-placed on the album, as it follows the fast-paced, pounding ‘Runaway Train’, which is a dramatic depiction of a broken relationship, resulting in anger and a craving for revenge.
Other highlights include ‘Hungover On Heartache’ and ‘Want It All’. The first is written about the aftermath of an argument with a lover, however the track is up-beat and very catchy which is an intriguing juxtaposition. Of all the songs on ‘Untamed’, this is the one which I feel has the most potential to be released as a single. There is a pop, mainstream feel to it and it’s one of those that gets stuck in your head for ages. ‘Want It All’ is probably my personal favourite on the album, despite not necessarily falling into the ‘country’ genre. This is Cam at her very best, creating a very simple but incredibly catchy chorus.
A special mention has to be given to the final track ‘Village’, a deeply personal song for Cam. She wrote this from the perspective of her best friend’s older brother who sadly passed away. Cam says she wanted to write it as if he was talking to his sister. It is so beautifully written and it is a real tear-jerker. It is a stand-out track on the album and one which shows the other side of Cam’s personality. Yes, we have the fun, lively tracks but ‘Village’ exposes the very emotional, open side to her song writing.
Her EP has been on repeat for months, so this was an album I was extremely excited about. Cam did not disappoint. This is a wonderful collection of songs which showcases everything I love about her music, and it lays the foundations for what could be a hugely successful career. She really could be the next big country superstar. I met Cam in California earlier this year; she is such a sweet, humble person and nobody deserves success more than her. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to see her in the UK again very soon.
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