From her self-funded 2016 classic country debut to her latest psychedelic rock effort Strays, Margo Price has expanded her sound with each release without ever compromising the stories pulsing at the heart of her songs.
Whether she’s singing about love, the bottle, sexism or politics, she's steadily creating a catalog that works to redefine outlaw country.
Here is, in ranked order, is Holler's Best Margo Price Albums.
Produced by Sturgill Simpson, recorded in California and released mid-pandemic, Price’s third album found her softening her country twang and fully embracing rock and roll, as she pays homage to Tom Petty on the title track and flirts with both gospel (‘Prisoner of the Highway’) and soul (‘Hey Child’).
Price continued to resist hard and fast genre definitions on her fourth album, which sees her lean into her iconoclastic tendencies on songs that address her own heroine’s journey (‘Been to the Mountain’), modern dystopia (‘Hell in the Heartland’, ‘Lydia’) and fluently toggle between driving rock and the singer-songwriter tradition.
Price mines her personal tragedy to create 11 instantly classic country songs that address poverty (‘Cruel Hands of Time’), drinking (‘Hurtin on the Bottle’) and the Nashville music business (‘This Town Gets Around’) with searing honesty and a vocal performance that’s by turns steely, wry and vulnerable.
Price’s sophomore effort received universal acclaim for its incisive writing and wide-ranging musicality, quickly charting in both the US And UK and proving she was here to stay. Anchored by a title track that captured the zeitgeist and a duet with Willie Nelson, Price perfectly threads the needle between the personal, political and universal.
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