When you hear that an album is “highly anticipated,” it’s one thing. But when you watch the fans’ reaction to an artist revealing the track names one at a time on social media, you can really see that anticipation in action.
You can learn a lot just by the names. “Chaser,” I hope, is a drinking song. “Choctaw Country Affair” sounds like some kind of old-school rural love song. And “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” has a familiar “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” word play to it, and could possibly be the one song on the album that was inspired by Underwood’s baby boy Isaiah.
But even better than the song titles are the names of the people behind each one.
Underwood wrote with and pulled from some of the finest songwriters from inside and outside of Nashville, including some of her longtime collaborators and some that I think are new to her. The list includes Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, Lindsey’s brother-in-law Derrick Adam Southerland, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, Mike Elizondo, Ben Caver, Sara Haze, Blair Daly, David Hodges, Kathleen Higgins and Jamie Moore.