ALBUM REVIEW: Corey Wagar "On The Edge"

Country attitude and high-energy southern rock populate the 15 original tracks on Corey Wagar's appropriately-titled new album "On The Edge." Even though Wagar is a native of New Jersey, the singer's sound and lyrics seem to have come straight from the boondocks of Texas or Tennessee.
The album begins with "Hurricane," which was the album's lead single. Corey Wagar convincingly sells the song with confidence and enthusiastic fervor, and the album's second single "I Hate My Boyfriend" has much of the same charm - along with terrific lyrics.

Wagar's winning personality shines on the irresistible "Me And My Girls," which should also be considered as a radio single. The New Jersey native's sensitive side is on display with the country pop track "Miss You For Now." However, it is the story in song "16th Candle" that emerges as one of the album's best cuts. Wagar has a knack for telling a story, and her talent is on full display with "16th Candle."

The memorable melody of "Wild Side" is infectious, but it is the country pop track "Already To Go" which is the album's biggest surprise. This cut has the perfect ingredients for a summer country hit, and Corey Wagar's pleasing vocals put her firmly in Carrie Underwood territory. Radio program managers should take notice. However, the very best track on the album is "Beautiful Lie," which offers a stunning vocal performance from Corey Wagar. Radio should also take note of the cuts "Wishing It Was You" and "Your Girl."

The song "Do" is an interesting Jo Dee Messina-esque song that sparkles, and the album's final track, "Story End," is a fitting bookend for 15 songs that will leave you wondering why you have never heard of Corey Wagar.

"On The Edge" is the perfect title for this refreshing album from a new country artist on the edge of breaking through in the rough and tumble country music industry. Corey Wagar deserves album sales and radio chart success, and the evidence presented in this exciting new album suggests that she'll soon get it.

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