On all fronts, Andress has delivered an impeccable record, and this is perhaps most evident in the songwriting. Built on a hook of "if we break up, I'll be fine / but you'll be breaking more hearts than mine", the lyricism is interesting, refreshing, and reflective. It's deeply intimate with its rich detail, and offers a compelling take on breakup songs, with the breakup in question being hypothetical rather than passed. Melodically, it soars, with effective meter used throughout and a hooky and engaging chorus. The writing is thus accessible without being lightweight, thoughful without being sappy, and creative without being corny.
Sonically, it's equally effective. Andress proves herself to be both an impressive technical vocalist and interpreter, with emotion and earnestness directly at the forefront. The production, meanwhile, is a seamless blend of modern tendencies with rootsier elements, with bombast and restraint finding a healthy balance. Indeed, "More Hearts Than Mine" is perhaps the strongest example of 'evolved country' on the radiowaves these days.
Country music has a well-documented substance problem that no one at radio seems particularly intent on solving, and a gender problem they're doing even less about. With "More Hearts Than Mine", both problems face a degree of rectification. It's a flawless track from a dynamic talent that defines what many want country music to sound like in 2019. Whether Ingrid Andress becomes a mainstream staple is to be determined. If there's any justice, "More Hearts Than Mine" will be just the beginning of a path to stardom.
Listen: "More Hearts Than Mine"
Author: Markus Meyer