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Kelsea is Kelsea Ballerini's third studio album which was released on March 20, 2020 by Black River Records.

Album BackgroundEdit

In July 2019, Kelsea Ballerini announced via Instagram that her third album was complete. The album title & its release date were revealed on January 20, 2020; the tracklist was released on February 27, 2020.

Ballerini wrote or co-wrote all 13 tracks on the album. Two tracks have credited guest vocalists: "The Other Girl" is a duet with Halsey and "Half of My Hometown" features harmony vocals from Kenny Chesney.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Overshare
  2. Club
  3. Homecoming Queen?
  4. The Other Girl (with Halsey)
  5. Love Me Like A Girl
  6. Love And Hate
  7. Bragger
  8. Hole In The Bottle
  9. Half Of My Hometown (featuring Kenny Chesney)
  10. The Way I used To
  11. Needy
  12. A Country Song
  13. LA

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Kelsea" peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200, #2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and #2 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Album of The Year gave "Kelsea" a critic score of 71 (based on 4 reviews) and a user score of 68 (based on 64 ratings).

Rolling Stone's Jonathan Bernstein called it "a catchy treatise on the push and pull dynamics of a pop-leaning Southern singer trying to negotiate genres, styles, and sounds."

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic described the album as filled with "bluntly candid confessions about universal emotions, all married to glistening pop productions where all the electronic elements (and there are many) are softened so they feel warm."

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