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There is nothing on this album that you could really even call country
Some of the less dynamic ballads veer towards an uplifting sort of post-Coldplay folk-pop that vaguely resembles the sort of thing you'd hear in the Once musical on Broadway, but there's barely a twang to be found. While most of it is pure bubble-gum pop, there are nods to alt-rock, and even some very light dabbling in modern electronica. Opening track "State of Grace" has a U2 power ballad feel to it that overshadows the slick Shania Twain "oohs" embedded in its guitar sound (this actually goes surprisingly well, and is a better idea than Bono's had for the same sort of big, mainstream guitar songs in a while). Gratuitous pickup truck references from previous songs are even swapped out for Maseratis!
The next time she plays a Nashville arena, will some disillusioned country fan scream "Judas!" at her? Of course, no one would hear it above the general crowd roar of otherwise giddy girls, but we kind of hope it's in there somewhere.