People have so many different opinions about it Morgan Wallenbut one thing is undeniable: he captured something special in the hearts of fans of mainstream country music.
His latest album Dangerous: The double album is one of the most successful albums in country music history, breaking records everywhere.
And while the songwriting is better than most of what you hear in the mainstream, many of the songs on the new album just sound too “pop” for the more traditional country lovers to enjoy. That was and remains Morgan’s biggest criticism of traditional country fan production.
Enter the Dangerous session.
The rising megastar has sat down to record stripped down versions of some of the album’s biggest hits, and honestly, to me, they’re so much better than some of the album’s pop-heavy cuts. Taking out the fluff, removing the trap beats and snap tracks, busting out the acoustic guitars and just letting Morgan sing is the true show of his talent as an artist and performer.
Does it make you a country superstar if you strip it down to the bare bones? Probably not. Will this pop production expand Morgan’s audience and give him radio hit after radio hit? Definitive.
But I’m still not alone with that…
The entire album @Morgan Wallen posted today is AMAZING except it ruined Dangerous for me 😭😭😭 The acoustics on insta got me so excited.
— kelly (@kewwyjohnson) January 8, 2021
Morgan Wallen’s acoustic versions have a different impact
— Lauren (@LJayy_1) January 14, 2021
I’m with you. His acoustic stuff on YouTube without all the overproduced stuff is great.
— Owen (@75toRupp) January 8, 2021
Here’s the problem: Morgan Wallen did all these acoustic sneak peak songs and I love those a lot more than the studio songs
— Megan Peach (@megg_peachh) January 8, 2021
I didn’t think Morgan Wallen could ruin his own song, but the “Warning” acoustic pre-release was better than the one on his album
— Wagoner (@NathanWagonn) January 14, 2021
Here are the best examples of Dangerous session Versions that are better than the album cuts.
This is by far my favorite song on the album. Great writing, catchy tune, an Eric Church reference, I mean, what more can you ask for from this guy? While the album version probably sounds the most country, it’s just so much more stripped down.
“Sand in My Boots”
This was by far the biggest winner of any song on the album. Fans were quick to liken the story (and type of tune) to a modern day “Everything But Me” and while the production isn’t bad on this one, Morgan takes the already nostalgic song to another level with this solo keyboard performance.
“Wasted on You”
Here lies the magic of Dangerous Sessions is shown as an example. “Wasted on You” is a straight forward pop song on the album, but here we get the opposite.
I mean, it’s not Tyler Childers, but come on, this performance really showcases Morgan’s voice better than any other song on the album.
This is probably my favorite increase of any song when comparing the album version to these. My fiancee always loved this one and I couldn’t really put my mind to it until I heard this cut.
Why can’t that be the officer? I will never understand…
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