Album Review

Ashley McBryde - The Devil I Know

McBryde opens the album by explaining that you have to be ‘Made For This’. In just under 40 minutes, she yet again proves that she is.

Album - Ashley McBryde - The Devil I Know
September 8, 2023 10:38 am GMT
Last Edited September 28, 2023 10:42 am GMT

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Ashley McBryde - The Devil I Know

Label: Warner Music Nashville

Release Date: September 8, 2023

Producers: Jay Joyce, Ashley McBryde

Tracklisting:

  1. Made For This 
  2. Coldest Beer in Town 
  3. Light On In The Kitchen 
  4. Women Ain’t Whiskey 
  5. Learned To Lie 
  6. The Devil I Know
  7. Single At The Same Time 
  8. Cool Little Bars 
  9. Whiskey and Country Music 
  10. Blackout Betty
  11. 6th Of October

Once again weaving together country ditties, rock-tinged rompers and biker-bar riffs, with The Devil I Know, Ashley McBryde has plotted out an all-encompassing journey.

The record features arena-sized regrets, a couple of classic country odes and a few bouts of bold and visceral vulnerability, most notably on the soberingly autobiographical ‘Learned to Lie'.

Along the way, McBryde shares plenty of lessons learned through ‘Coldest Beer in Town’, ‘6th of October’ and the evocative ‘Light On in the Kitchen’, serving almost like a roadmap to avoid some of life’s detours, or at the least, showing us how to enjoy the view. The latter in particular feels like the warmest hug in modern country music, signaling just how much McBryde has grown as an artist in these last seven years.

McBryde opens the album by explaining that you have to be ‘Made For This’. In just under 40 minutes, she yet again proves that she is.

7.5/10

The Devil I Know is out now via Warner Music Nashville. For more on Ashley McBryde, see below:

Written by Lydia Farthing
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