Ingrid Anders – A Good Person (★★★★): A Fragile Journey to Self-Reflection

Sometimes it happens that an artist can achieve a lot in just a few years. This is clearly the case for American Ingrid Anders. She signed her contract with Warner Nashville only in 2018, debuting a year later with the song “More Hearts Than Mine”. The country singer released her first album in 2020 lady like Abroad, and is a tall player that earned her a Grammy Award nomination. In addition to being nominated in the Best Country Album category, Andres was able to run in two other categories, Best Country Song and Best New Artist. While she didn’t take a single glass home that night, those nominations show that the American is someone to watch.

Ingrid Andres grew up in a Christian home. Her mother tutored the singer and her brother and sisters at home, a program that also included piano lessons. Because of her religious upbringing, contact with general pop culture has been limited, a theme that returns regularly in Andrés songs. Therefore, the relationship with her family was one of the topics lady like, along with feminism and love. Not only lyrically, there are many references to her upbringing, the singer regularly uses the piano, as she learned from her mother, in her songs. It is noteworthy, because the country mainly reminds us of the guitar, but it is not mistaken. This piano was already present on her debut album, but it comes more alone in its successor, good guy.

Where family was pivotal on this debut album, Ingrid Andres seems to be focusing more on herself in this new longtime player. Like many other artists, the country singer began writing during that pandemic. Realizing that she wasn’t happy with her relationship, it was a journey of discovery she shared with us. Her self-reflection begins with “the good guy,” and she turns to her religion to answer certain questions. She wants to learn and become a better person, which she is not doing at the moment. The fact that Andres thinks negatively of herself is also discussed in “Pain”, singing shaky and sometimes almost crying. Her message comes across very sincere and affects us a little. I also mentioned this topic in the soft “Feel Like This” where we have to think a bit about Sia’s voice. The singer seems to realize that those thoughts didn’t just pop up. The American obviously comes from an unhappy relationship, and the entire album can be broken down into songs about self-reflection or that bad relationship.

In “The Yearbook,” a soft ballad accompanied by simple guitar, Ingrid Andres asks why the couple should stay together when love is over. She seems to question not only her relationship, but love in general. She expresses her personal fears in singles like “seeing someone else”, and a slightly more optimistic “how honest do you want me to be?” and the fragile “No Choice”, as she makes it clear that it is best for her sanity to end their relationship. This fragility is underpinned by her signature piano, and also sets the tone for Andres’ musical style. For example, she’s not afraid to put more poppy sounds into her country songs, which sometimes makes us think of Taylor Swift’s early years. We get that feeling with the slightly cooler “Falling For You,” for example. Even with the songs a little heavy, Andres sticks to her piano, but we have to admit it sounds pretty good.

good guy It seems to be a journey where Andres deals with her own behavior and tries to find possible reasons for it. When this answer is not obvious, she turns to her god. Sometimes this happens instantly, as in “Good Person”, but also subtle references in the somewhat recurring “All The Love” show that the American sometimes draws inspiration from religion. Although this song is less significant on this album, the singer still managed to keep our attention on the last songs. In Things That Haven’t Happened Yet, she reveals her inner self by telling us her fears, but ends up like slightly better Disney movies saying it’s okay and everything will be fine. The album closes with a special song in which Andres sang with American Sam Hunt. We can appreciate wordplay, especially if there is a good one behind it, which is the case here. Ingrid Andres concludes her album with the genre she started with: country.

good guy She shows that Ingrid Andres is not afraid to color outside the lines of this genre. In addition to beautiful compositions, she also managed to put an honest and clear story on her album. There are some recurring songs on the playlist, but fortunately this is in the minority and we only remember that beautiful fragility that she was able to convey with her voice and piano.

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