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Cut to Impress

Maggie Rose

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Album Review

Maggie Rose has everything it takes to be a country star in the 21st century. She has a powerful and slightly blues-infused voice, blonde good looks, and the kind of sassy, playful, take-no-b******t attitude that makes her performances stand out in a crowd, a kind of good girl next door who isn't a stranger to turning up the bad girl alter ego when the song demands it. Although Cut to Impress, produced by Blake Chancey, Stephony Smith, and James Stroud, is her debut album, Rose isn't exactly new at this, having previously released a handful of singles and an EP under the name Margaret Durante (Rose is her middle name). Maybe the name change was the last needed ingredient in her emergence, because Cut to Impress does indeed impress, full of well-recorded, well-sung tracks that are poised to shine on contemporary country radio and yet cohere together in a solid sonic statement. The overall sound of the album is consistent, with forward mixed drums giving things a big sound and swampy electric guitars giving it some bite and snarl, but it's Rose's singing that makes it all work, and at times she sounds like the second coming of Shania Twain. There's so much to like here, and each track is catchy, but the best of them sound like can't-miss hits, including the haunting murder ballad mystery "Preacher's Daughter" that opens the set, the feisty "Mostly Bad," the beautiful, wise, and resilient "Better," the sassy "I Ain't Your Mama," and the sharp "Hollywood," which reckons that there isn't a big difference between Hollywood and Nashville, or anywhere else, for that matter, when it comes to relationships, drama, and the emotional roads we all have to travel. As debut albums go, this one arrives fully formed and ready to go, and if Maggie Rose doesn't end up being a major contemporary country star, well, then the whole thing is rigged.

Customer Reviews

Sassy country meets the blues!!!

With songs like "I ain't your mama" and "preacher's daughter", this release is a must have. Catch her live show when she comes to town. You won't be sorry!!!

"I Know Better" best song!

I've heard many of these songs live -- and she's great live -- but "I Know Better Now" is my favorite. She's an old soul and a real talent.

Love it!

I am a huge country music fan, but I had never heard of Maggie Rose until this album came out. I bought it last night after listening to a couple test tracks and I am in love! She has a true country voice that is so hard to find anymore. I'm definitely a new fan :-)


Born: 1988 in Potomac, MD

Genre: Country

Years Active: '10s

Cut from the same cloth as fiery crooners Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood, country singer Maggie Rose was born Margaret Rose Durante in 1988 in Potomac, Maryland. Durante took to the stage at the age of 16, performing frequently with the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover group, before heading off to Clemson University. She left school in her sophomore year to focus on music, eventually relocating to Nashville, Tennessee on the advice of industry icon Tommy Mottola, who helped...
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