Kerri Aristas 50 Different Ways is a solid acoustic country/pop album all the way through. If you need a new music fix in the genre, the album is going to be a winner for you. If youre looking to be wowed, you should look elsewhere. There are good tunes to be had, but this doesnt break ground that hasnt been broken many times before.
Aristas mid-range voice is genial and inviting. She minimizes the drawl, which is a pro for some listeners and a con for others. Theres enough pedal steel to go around, as well as strings. The strings contribute a great deal to album highlight Unfold, whose mood lets darkness creep in around the edges. One of These Days features similarly excellent string contributions, and its another memorable track.
50 Different Ways isnt heart-stopping, but its not snooze-inducing, either. Its a solid collection of songs that will appeal to fans of the genre. Stephen Carradini