Following the singer/songwriter’s debut album Puppets with My Heart — where she enlisted the help of accompanying musicians on Craigslist and performance at FloydFest near Floyd, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains — she was introduced to Jason Isbell’s guitarist Sadler Vaden via her sound engineer, who helped Wade flawlessly handcraft Reckless which houses gold-certified single “Wilder Days.” Now, Wade revitalized the flame from her Reckless record and opened up a new chapter with the new album Psychopath.
Appearing rather punk-ish at first glance, Psychopath is brimming with autobiographical lyricism and perfectly merges pop, country, and rock makings. She enlisted help from her song whisperer Vaden and engineer Paul Ebersold and the talents of songwriters Julia Michaels, Natalie Hemby, Butch Walker, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose.
The album’s opener, “Domino,” interpolates dominant rock influences from her birth decade. Written with Vaden, Monroe, and Walker, the instrumentation is punchy and melodic, opening up about the power of love singing, “At the end of the day, when my heartbeat’s running low / Don’t have a thing to say, lean into you, and fall like a domino / Yeah, I fall like a domino / Yeah, I fall like a domino.”
Psychopath’s previously released second track is littered with 80s references and contemporary sonic offerings in “80s Movie.”
The way you grabbed me / When Harry met Sally / You made me laugh / Like an 80’s movie / You drove me crazy / Like Baby and Swayze / Laying in the grass / Like an 80’s movie.”
Introspection and reminiscing come easy for the “Wilder Days” singer as she craves the sweetness of the past in “Losers Look Like Me” when life was seemingly more effortless. Piano ballad “Guns and Roses,” written with Vaden and Hemby, exhibits a softer side of the country dearie as she duets a sole piano boxing troublesome feelings towards a romantic partner. Her dulcet vocals complement the keys.
”Alanis” pays homage to Morissette with a resonating, ball-of-fire apparatus, while “Phantom Feelings,” written with Michaels and Ben Rice, channels familiar acoustic strumming akin to something right out of a Springsteen playlist. Wade sings about a former love who still lives unwillingly rent-free in her mind. She sings, “We’re said and done, and now you’re moving cross the country. You found someone, I’m still accepting that it’s not me / All our words we’ve ever said are bouncing off the ceiling / I’m trying not to, but I still have phantom feelings.”
The album concludes with poignant “27 Club” offering a glimpse of what her life would’ve been like had she not have put down the bottle.
Wade said in a press release, “When I went in to make ‘Reckless,’ I didn’t have any expectations. Sadler [Vaden] and I sat down with the songs that we had written and gave each song its own sound and its own life… with no pressure,” the Academy of Country Music Award nominee said, ”I realized the more authentic you are and the more you pour yourself into your songs, and most importantly if you’re being honest, people will connect to that. I want every song to get the credit it deserves.”
Wade’s name has been making headlines recently, but not for her music. Recently, the country songsmith was rumored to be dating Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and was deemed the reason for the reality star’s impending divorce from Mauricio Umansky – all reported to be untrue.
Richards shared Wade’s music on her Instagram and Wade sent a thank you message which turned into a blossoming friendship. The “Psychopath” singer exclusively shut down all rumors of the affair telling People, “We’re friends. The Internet’s a dumb place.”
In light of the swirling rumors, Wade invited the housewives star to partake in the singer’s music video for “Fall in Love with Me.” She captioned on her social media, “The internet asked and @kylerichards18 and I delivered.”
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