SINGLE REVIEW: Kelsea Ballerini – ‘Legends’


Golden. Fire, magic – words from the opening line of Kelsea Ballerini’s long awaited first single from her upcoming sophomore album. These words could easily be mistaken for the summary of the song because simply put, that’s what it is – Golden, fire and magic.

Golden – If “Legends” is anything to go by, album number two is set to follow in the footsteps of “The first time” to take the Gold status. There is no doubt that the 23 year old Tennessee beauty has been one to watch on the Country scene for quite some time so it was no surprise to me that this new song is an absolute winner.

Fire – This sound from “Legends” isn’t a million miles away from what we would have heard on the last album but I for one am completely okay with that. “The First Time” for me, was one of those rare albums where every single song was empowering and healing and it is still probably my most played album on Apple Music. The production on “Legends”, however, is slicker, sassier and brings so much fire and excitement. The song leaves me with that same fire in my tummy, eager to hear what could possibly come next from Kelsea.

Magic – The lyrics in “Legends” are that of love and nostalgia. It tells a tale of reminisce. A story of invincible love from a time gone by but a love that didn’t actually cease. A story filled will innocence and passion and magic.  “Legends” was created with help from the same family that put together the words we loved on Kelsea’s debut album, Hillary Lindsey and Forest Glen Whitehead.

Kelsea Ballerini, for me, is the neon in a grey crowd that she speaks of. Lyrically, she creates spectacular tales, relevant to us all at one point or another. Vocally, she is virtually untouchable – crazy talented. My perception of her as a person is that she is embracing life, she’s not afraid to be vulnerable and she adores her fans. Qualities that are priceless, authentic and beautiful.

Kelsea reached out to fans ahead of Wednesday’s release of the track “I also hope you hear our story. Over the last 3 years, you and I have fought for each other. We’ve shown up for each other. We’ve been neon in grey crowds. We’ve written our own story. We were legends. And that is why it only makes sense that we start chapter two together, you and me.”

Seriously, could you love her any more?

Kelsea I heart you and I love what you have given us with “Legends”. Another #1 for sure.

9.5/10 no apologies

Lynn Colhoun

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