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CALAMITY JANE ‘GIVE IT ALL AWAY’ SINGLE REVIEW

Calamity Jane

Nashville based country-pop duo Calamity Jane is releasing tracks at a considerable speed.

It’s a ballad relatable to anyone who’s been through heartbreak, but also somewhat empowering in its resolution to pick up and move on.

VINCE LEIGH

No doubt building on an admirable run of successes recently in an attempt to solidify their position as the country crossover act to keep an eye on in 2021 and feed the groundswell of support.

Their debut single, a reimagined version of Devil Went Down To Georgia (#64 Music Row Charts, US), received noteworthy support from the KIX and CMC national radio networks in Australia and in the US with CMT, The Country Network and The Heartland Network.

The duo’s success continued with The Chase and The Mountain (currently at #38 on Music Row Charts, US), both tracks also featuring on the prestigious New Music Nashville Spotify playlist. The duo, which features Lucy Cantley on fiddle and Camille Rae on vocals, has formulated a balanced, palatable musical style, based on a blend of country and pop with a sprinkle of folk.

Give It All Away seems to encapsulate that hybrid in what appears to be a more refined way than their previous releases. Whereas Devil Went Down To Georgia had an inbuilt sense of drama, exploring sin and temptation, Give It All Away uses a more identifiable palette, a domestic drama as a driving force and for the most part it works.

Although we’re in ballad land here, and there is a specific formulaic tendency present, there is also a subtle thread of tastefully rendered melancholy. And to add to this, the lyric contains lines that disappointed, disillusioned, and damaged lovers will surely, silently appropriate, straight-shooting imagery that requires no deciphering, such as in the final verse: I have your old t-shirt / still smells like your cologne / I put it on sometimes / when I don’t wanna feel alone. Give It All Away is clean, clear, country-infused pop but it is pop above all else, with a vocal performance that’s as restrained as it can be when dealing with such carefully crafted melodies.

The new tune will keep their followers well-pleased and not coincidentally, garner another round of radio support. As the duo says about Give It All Away: ‘It’s a ballad relatable to anyone who’s been through heartbreak, but also somewhat empowering in its resolution to pick up and move on.’

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