Cam - Untamed (2015) [Official Digital Download]

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Cam - Untamed (2015) [Official Digital Download]

Cam - Untamed (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 37:29 minutes | 452 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Untamed" is the major label debut studio album by American country artist Cam (born Camaron Marvel Ochs). Mainly recorded in Cam's home state of California, the album's content incorporates electronic sounds mixed in with country pop elements. The lyrical content of "Untamed" is derived from the scenes of Cam's own life. It addresses themes associated with heartbreak, loss, and spontaneity. Untamed received critical acclaim upon its release. Critics responded to Cam's vocal delivery, as well as the album's various musical styles. The album also achieved commercial success, reaching top positions on major Billboard charts upon its initial release.

Cam - Untamed (2015) [Official Digital Download]

There's no mistaking Cam – the stage name for singer/songwriter Camaron Ochs – as anything other than a creature of the music business. Prior to her 2015 debut, Untamed, she worked as a professional songwriter, landing credits on up-and-comer Maggie Rose's 2013 debut and Miley Cyrus' Bangerz, which was enough to help her land a deal with Arista Nashville. Recognizing a good thing when they saw it, the label worked Cam throughout 2015, releasing an EP called Welcome to Cam Country in the summer, letting its slowly simmering single "Burning House" work its way into the country Top Ten, a big enough hit that it earned a Grammy nomination the week Untamed appeared in stores. It was an expertly executed launch for a debut that deserved nothing less. Untamed splits the difference between the sharp balladry of the various Pistol Annies and the slyly forward-thinking production of Sam Hunt's Montevallo. Sometimes the production – credited to Jeff Bhasker and Tyler Johnson, neither with longstanding Nashville associations (Bhasker in fact has credits on pop hits by Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey, and Fun.) – is so clean and snappy, it obscures how sturdily the songs are constructed, which is actually a plus. Cam may sneer at a wannabe cowgirl on "Country Ain't Never Been Pretty" but the sly joke is in the production: not only isn't there any twang to be heard, but all the swing comes from highly sequenced electronic rhythms. It, like so much else here, contains a digital sparkle that eludes chilliness: it's bright, open, and welcoming, perfectly complementing the warmth Cam exudes. "Burning House" showcased her delicate touch – she follows the contours of a ballad, choosing to place emotion over technique – and while "Mayday" and the closing "Village" carry a similar bit of sentiment, Untamed often is as passionate as its title, finding Cam in either a fiery mood or a bright one. She ably sells a variety of styles – "Hungover on Heartache" is straight down the country-pop middle but "Cold in California" has a bittersweet sway, "Half Broke Heart" tumbles forth on gospel piano straight out of early Elton John, and "Want It All" is buoyant power pop – and enough charisma to suggest all this subtle genre-hopping is a reflection of her spirit, not mere calculation. That ease, that grace are what brings Untamed into the province of prime commercial country: it's crisp, open-hearted, and friendly, fresh in its presentation and classical in its construction, so it appeals to a wide audience without ever seeming like it's pandering.

Tracklist:

01 - Untamed
02 - Hungover On Heartache
03 - Mayday
04 - Burning House
05 - Cold In California
06 - My Mistake
07 - Runaway Train
08 - Half Broke Heart
09 - Want It All
10 - Country Ain't Never Been Pretty
11 - Village

Analyzed: Cam / Untamed
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR4 -0.78 dB -6.77 dB 3:30 01-Untamed
DR4 -0.80 dB -6.57 dB 3:13 02-Hungover On Heartache
DR5 -0.77 dB -7.42 dB 3:36 03-Mayday
DR9 -0.80 dB -12.45 dB 3:51 04-Burning House
DR5 -0.80 dB -7.97 dB 3:11 05-Cold In California
DR5 -0.79 dB -7.53 dB 3:20 06-My Mistake
DR4 -0.79 dB -6.71 dB 2:58 07-Runaway Train
DR5 -0.70 dB -7.13 dB 3:04 08-Half Broke Heart
DR5 -0.80 dB -7.53 dB 3:10 09-Want It All
DR5 -0.76 dB -6.82 dB 3:39 10-Country Ain't Never Been Pretty
DR7 -0.80 dB -11.16 dB 3:56 11-Village
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR5

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1431 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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