Oct 192018

By Joshua Wallace

Malice, Mercy, Grief, & Wrath is Belle Plaine’s follow-up to her 2016 live release The Unrequited Love.  Belle Plaine has created one hell of a honky tonk record with this one. There is something for everyone here and this is an album that is sure to be high on many year end lists.  Let’s take a look deeper into this album.

The album kicks off with a slower number called “For All Those Who I Love”.  The whine of the pedal steel guitar on this track creates a great sound paired with the acoustics here.  This song is about a man who has done some wrong in his life, but swears that he’s done everything for those he loves.  My next favorite is “Taxes And Death And You” which is a play on the popular phrase about death and taxes. You can’t always tell which of the three she is talking about in the song and I like that.

The track “Is It Cheating” is another great example of good songwriting on this album.  It features Colter Wall on backing vocals and his bass is a nice compliment to Belle on this track.  This is not the first time the two paired together, Colter used Belle in a duet on his track “Caroline”.  Finally, “Radio Dreams” is another cleverly written track on this record. I love the use of fiddle and the keyboards here.

Belle Plaine has created a record that plays on all sides of traditional country.  There is something here for everyone and it is bound to find a home in your record collection if you give it a chance. Belle Plaine is currently on tour throughout Canada but she does periodically come down into the US. Malice, Mercy, Grief, & Wrath is out now on your favorite streaming platforms.  Give it a listen and then buy a CD or LP. It’s a mighty fine country record, and you won’t regret it.

Favorite Tracks : For All Those Who I Love, Taxes And Death And You, Is It Cheating, Are We Good, Radio Dreams

Belle Plaine – Malice, Mercy, Grief, & Wrath (2018)

  1. For All Those Who I Love
  2. Golden Ring (Feat. Megan Nash)
  3. Squared Up
  4. Taxes And Death And You
  5. Is It Cheating (Feat. Colter Wall)
  6. Are We Good
  7. Laila Sady Johnson Wasn’t Beaten by No Train
  8. Radio Dreams
  9. Rock Bottom (Feat. Kacy Anderson)