Elvie Shane: ‘Backslider’ – Album Review

Elvie Shane’s debut album Backslider is out now, October 29th on all streaming platforms. Check out our full review and listen to the brand new music below.

Earlier this year, we were introduced to a brand new recording artist in country music, Elvie Shane. We were blown away by his debut EP County Roads, which featured six country-rock songs that showcased his artistry and grit. Today, the singer-songwriter released his debut album, Backslider. The record boasts fifteen original songs that traditional and modern country fans alike will fall in love with.

The album kicks off with a stunning song called “I Will Run.” The powerful track depicts all of the instances in our lives that we normally run away from. Instead, the beautiful thing is, what we run towards. Shane has a way of flipping a poignant word on its head and making you rethink it, proof of his incredible songwriting.

Another common thread on Backslider is Shane’s ability to showcase his personal story through fun and alluring songs. His number one single “My Boy” depicts his unconventional road to fatherhood, while “My Mississippi” is the personal story of his life. Similarly, Shane brings the nostalgia on “Love, Cold Beer, Cheap Smoke” and the EP’s title-track, “County Roads.”

Shane slows things down on his previously-released “Sundress.” One of our favorites from his debut EP, “Sundress” portrays the singer’s sensitive side.  The sensual lyrics are both vulnerable and touching. Of course, the singer’s vocals also shine on the track. Proving that the artist is just as talented as a songwriter as he is a vocalist.

“We snuck off just around midnight // Threw a little red dust in her tail lights // Drove far enough to get real close // Pulled off on a no-name road // I still think about her now and then // How the night looked on her skin // Ain’t never seen a sunset like // her sundress sitting in the moonlight”

Similarly, we cannot help, but to love Shane’s song “Rocket Science.” Although somber, the new song is relatable and beautiful. The singer professes that understanding the one he loves is like learning “rocket science.” After just one listen, it is clear the singer knows a thing or two about heartache. Shane continues to break himself right open for fans on his killer collaboration with Tenille Townes, “Nothin’ Lasts Forever” as well.

Of course, Shane makes sure to double down on the country-rock elements of his artistry on his full-length record as well. “Saturday Night Me” depicts the slower elements of rock, while “Heartbreaks & Headaches” and “My Kinda Trouble” are the best of the country-rock genre!

However, the record culminates with another intricate ballad called “Miles (with my Mama).” The song is deeply personal, as it portrays the singer’s struggle with losing his father and the emotions that come from that pain. A tribute of sorts, the song digs into the good and the bad of loving and missing someone. Similar to the vulnerability of the hit, “My Boy,” “Miles” is another example of why Shane has cemented a place in country music.

Overall the fifteen-track debut is one of the best of the year. Shane is unapologetically himself. He can write, sing, and convey a story like no one else right now. Backslider is everything we hoped it would be and a must-listen for all.

Backslider Tracklist

  1. “I Will Run” (Elvie Shane, Doug Johnson, Adam Wood)
  2. “Love, Cold Beer, Cheap Smoke” (Elvie Shane, Russell Sutton, Drew Green)
  3. “Sundays in the South” (Elvie Shane, Derrick Southerland, Albert E. Brumley)
  4. “Sundress” (Elvie Shane, Doug Johnson, Adam Wood)
  5. “County Roads” (Elvie Shane, Dan Couch, Oscar Charles)
  6. “Rocket Science” (Elvie Shane, Joybeth Taylor, Jakob Miller, Oscar Charles)
  7. “My Kinda Trouble” (Elvie Shane, Erik Dylan, Ray Fulcher)
  8. “Kickin’ Stones” (with The Fletch) (Fred Eltringham, Steve Mackey, Rob McNelley, Tom Bukovac, Kris Donegan, Matt Nolen)
  9. “Saturday Night Me” (Elvie Shane, Doug Johnson, Adam Wood)
  10. “My Boy” (Elvie Shane, Russell Sutton, Nick Columbia, Lee Starr)
  11. “Heartbreaks & Headaches” (Elvie Shane, Dakota Payton)
  12. “Nothin’ Lasts Forever” (with Tenille Townes) (Elvie Shane, Luke Preston, Oscar Charles, Matt Willis)
  13. “Keep on Strummin’”(Elvie Shane, Dan Couch, Oscar Charles, Clinton Payton)
  14. “My Mississippi” (Elvie Shane, Jakob Miller)
  15. “Miles (with My Mama)” (Elvie Shane, Jonathan Sherwood, Luke Preston)

Elvie Shane’s debut album ‘Backslider’ is available now.

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