It has always been my mindset that going outside your comfort zone can be beneficial for a person; even if you don’t end up liking the experience, you can still say that you took the risk and opened your mind to something new. I’m not a big fan of country music; the few artists I do like have pop or rock undertones to their music. So listening to Barbara Nesbitt’s new album Right As Rain, a country album through and through, was an experience for me that took me way out of my comfort zone. I found after listening to it a few times that I was able to draw similarities between Nesbitt’s style with those of other bands that I liked. “Dammit, I Love You” reminded me of The Band Perry’s song “All Your Life”, with its upbeat rhythm and melodious fiddle, while “Catch Me On Fire” was reminiscent to Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine.” I think it’s beneficial to make comparisons when experiencing something unfamiliar; it becomes easier to make a connection with the material, regardless of whether it’s a song, movie, or piece of art.
Nesbitt uses a wide array of instruments to give each song its own unique sound; from fiddle to banjo to ukulele, each instrument stands out, never to be drowned out by the others. The album has a mostly upbeat tempo to it, but it does take its time to slow down with ballads like “Love Me When I’m Hurtin’, Too” and “Beautiful.” If it were any other genre, those types of songs might hinder the fluidity of the album, but with country you kind of expect a ballad or two to be put in the mix. They never halt the album, but rather act as a transition from one strong emotion to the next. The song immediately after, “Do It Again,” brings the tempo back up with its electric guitar and upbeat rhythm. While I’m still not completely sold on the country genre, I can at least say that I tried something new and, for the most part, enjoyed it.