By the time Ingrid Andress unveils her new album this week, her resolve will have been tested in ways that would rattle established stars, much less a country-pop newcomer making a major label debut.
Out Friday, “Lady Like” is gearing up to be Andress’ breakout, with its tender first single, “More Hearts Than Mine,” already a Top 10 country smash. Plans for the album’s rollout, however, took a hit when a tornado struck central Tennessee on March 3, damaging Andress’ Nashville apartment and forcing her to evacuate.
Though she’d been booked as a supporting act on Dan + Shay’s (Arena) Tour this spring, that 18-date trek was cut short on March 12 after just three performances when the spread of the coronavirus prompted the remaining shows to be postponed.
“It’s been an adventure, but that’s been my whole life up until this point,” the 28-year-old Colorado native, who has also written for Sam Hunt and Alicia Keys, told HuffPost. “I still feel like people will connect to my songs because all of them come from a real place. At least we can still listen to music when we’re quarantined.” (Catch the music video for “More Hearts Than Mine” above.)
As dicey as the weeks preceding its release have been, “Lady Like” serves as a bold and impressive introduction to Andress’ artistry. Bucking the streaming era trend of overstuffing new releases with subpar material, the album contains just eight tracks. Nonetheless, “Lady Like” is remarkably cohesive, with each song capturing Andress at different moments in a romantic trajectory against wistful piano and guitar-driven melodies. Among albums worthy of these self-isolating if reflective times, “Lady Like” is easily a front-runner.
The album opens with “Bad Advice,” a pleasantly retro ode that finds the singer trying to rebound from a breakup by kissing strangers and chugging wine from Trader Joe’s. She seeks to define a complicated relationship on...