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