Wildflower is Lauren Alaina's debut studio album which was released on October 11, 2011 by Mercury Nashville.
Tracklisting[edit | edit source]
- Georgia Peaches
- Growing Her Wings
- The Middle
- Like My Mother Does
- She's a Wildflower
- I'm Not One of Them
- The Locket
- Eighteen Inches
- One of Those Boys
- Funny Thing About Love
- Dirt Road Prayer
Chart Performance[edit | edit source]
"Wildflower" peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, with 69,000 copies sold.
As of January 2013, it has sold 303,000 copies in the United States.
Critical Reception[edit | edit source]
"Wildflower" received positive reviews from music critics.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 4 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".
AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album 3 stars out of 5 and wrote: "Byron Gallimore, who previously produced Sugarland and Faith Hill, gives Wildflower an appealing gloss that helps disguise the ordinariness of the material along with any of Alaina's shortcomings, and that slickness serves Wildflower well, making it a much more enjoyable piece of product than McCreery's Clear as Day."
The New York Times gave a very positive review to the album and said: "It works, not only because Ms. Alaina has a big voice, but also because she doesn't portray herself as an aw-shucks beginner. She's skipped that step, and rightly so".
Melissa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly was also positive on the album and gave it a "B" and said: "On Wildflower, she captures the restless spirit of small-town girls who get grounded for French-kissing the boy next door".
Jessica Nicholson of Country Weekly gave the album 3 and half stars out of 5 and noted: "Despite the album's title, she plays it safe rather than wild."