Single Review: Cassadee Pope “11”

Words by Cassie Burke

As a faithful fan of Hey Monday, it’s been a little bit of a weird journey following Cassadee Pope from punk- power-pop band front-woman, to country-singing solo status. After leaving the band in 2012, Cassadee Pope released a 4-song EP and then went on to be the first female to win NBC’s The Voice, embracing her southern side by joining Blake Shelton’s team.

Earlier this year she released “Wasting All These Tears” her debut solo for her upcoming album ‘Frame by Frame’ which is slated for release on Oct. 8. While it’s a bit of a shock for loyal fans of Hey Monday to hear her singing straight-up country songs, her voice suits modern country so well that it’s actually pretty comfortable. If anything, her choice to bounce between genres shows how versatile she is.

Continuing with the country vibes, Cassadee has released another single off her upcoming album, called “11” and produced by Nathan Chapman, known for his work with Taylor Swift. The track starts off with banjo plucking and acoustic strumming, setting the scene for a trip down memory lane. The lyrics trace memories of her parents’ divorce when she was young, and how it affected the way she grew up. On her website, Cassadee talks about the song, saying, “As a kid, when you go through something like your parents’ divorce, weird things go through your mind and you have no control. ’11’ has me opening up probably more than I’ve ever done before.” An exclusive video for the track posted by Cassadee Pope’s YouTube features a slideshow of pictures and home videos of Cassadee’s childhood, backing up the lyrics.

The lyrics are solid, and her voice is flawless and well suited for her newly chosen genre. However, the new single isn’t quite as catchy and powerful as its predecessor ‘Wasting All These Tears.’

7.5/10

Check out the lyric video for “11” below!

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