Bad Girl Phase
Label: Aunt Daddy Records
While likeminded shoot-from-the-hip female country singers like Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves have had the opportunity to shine in the spotlight, Sunny Sweeney has been frustratingly left in the dark commercially. Provoked could be her turning point; Sweeney has been writing with both Clark and Monroe, as well as The Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley, and the resulting songs are smart, irreverent and brutally honest. There's so much to appreciate here, including devastating breakup songs "Carolina on the Line" and "My Bed," and the gloriously rebellious "Bad Girl Phase."