Katie Pearlman’s third release, Girls Like Us, is a country-rock disc full of positive songs for girls of all ages. After being inspired by some of the hardships women have faced, Pearlman stepped out from behind the drum kit and took a spot center stage with an acoustic guitar to lead her band into this new direction. After being inspired by a book by Andrea Buchanan, Pearlman set out to write 12 touching songs that hopefully will act as a shoulder to lean on when times get tough.

The title track, “Girls Like Us,” opens the album with upbeat guitars and stresses the importance of being able to be oneself and hold true to the saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The emotional lyrics in “Give Me That Moment” shows the true potential of Pearlman’s vocal abilities. One can’t help but to admire the songwriting in “How Do I Get There”; not only are the lyrics true to Pearlman, but they can easily be applied to others. Those two tracks are the strongest and stand out most on Girls Like Us. Shaking her sweetness off for a moment, Pearlman kicks up the sass as she belts out the anti-heartbreak cut “American Heart.”

Girls Like Us may not be for everyone, especially those who don’t understand some of the struggles Katie Pearlman is singing about, but for those who have been through the thorn bush, hopefully Pearlman’s latest release will help you realize that there are others out there just like you.

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