Album Review

Lindsay Ell Releases Vulnerable and Cathartic ‘Heart Theory’ Album

It might be hard to remember a time when Lindsay Ell was not a well-known artist. Now, she has billboards up across the country and rose to the top of the itunes charts with the release of her sophomore album Heart Theory. If you are still unfamiliar with Ell’s work, it’s only a matter of time before she is a household name. Heart Theory is more than an album, it’s more than just a work of art, it’s a labor of love. Ell has never sounded so in tune with her craft, so powerful, and so moving.

She recently celebrated her first number one song in the US along with Brantley Gilbert for their single “What Happens in a Small Town.” She has previously earned a #1 in Canada with her single “Criminal.” She has made waves over the last few years as she has earned the respect of every artist around. Her hard work ethic, insane talent (girl can shred a guitar), and overall lovable personality has set her a part.

Ell frequently posts instagram stories. Prior to shut down, she was always on a plane or bus, making it to the next gig. She recently completed a 24 hour live stream to celebrate the release of Heart Theory. How does she do it?

Heart Theory lets us see a vulnerable side to Ell, as she opens up about past hurts and struggles. She recently told her story about being a survivor of rape and started the “Make You Movement,” after her song “Make You” in which she deals with the trauma of being raped at age 13 and again at 21.

The first single off the record, “Want Me Back” was also co-written by fellow Country Artist, Kane Brown. It marks Brown’s first cut as a song writer by an outside artist! it was also written with Matt McGinn and Lindsay Rimes.

heart theory track listing(with writers) (If you look closely, the bold letters spell out Heart Theory)!

a journey through the seven stages of grief

shock

Hits me” (Lindsay Ell, Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder)

denial

“how good” (Lindsay Ell, Brandy Clark)

“i don’t lovyou” (Adam Hambrick, Melissa Fuller, Neil Medley)

anger

“wAnt me back” (Lindsay Ell, Kane Brown, Matt McGinn, Lindsay Rimes)

“get oveR you” (Lindsay Ell, Gordie Sampson, Kelly Archer)

“wrong girl” (Lindsay Ell, Steph Jones, Matt McGinn, Luke Niccoli)

bargaining

“body language of a breakup” (Lindsay Ell, Laura Veltz, Sam Ellis)

depression

“good on you” (Lindsay Ell, Sam Ellis, Micah Premnath)

testing

The oTHEr side” (Lindsay Ell, Jessie Jo Dillon, Matt McGinn)

“gto” (Lindsay Ell, Nicolle Gaylon, Jordan Reynolds)

acceptance

“make you” (Lindsay Ell, Brandy Clark)

Readto love” (Lindsay Ell, Jessie Jo Dillon, Matt McGinn, Joey Hyde)

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