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Wrangled: A Contemporary Country Outlaw
In the year of the woman, it’s fitting that one of the most memorable album covers of the year made a statement about sexism. When country singer Angaleena Presley released Wrangled in April, it quickly became apparent that she had a lot on her mind, with songs such as “Country,” which criticized country and western traditions. And her outlaw attitude was all over the album’s cover, which depicts her as angry, bound, and gagged. As Presley told Nashville Scene, “I’m bound and gagged on the front cover. But that’s how I’ve been feeling the past few years. On my last record, I got so many questions about, ‘What do you think about the lack of women on country radio?’ I would give these generic answers like, ‘Well it’s cyclical. There’s room for everyone. I think it’s going to change.’ But it hasn’t changed. If I have to be the whistleblower, so be it. I’m 40, I don’t have anything to lose. This is my F-you record.”
The Wrangled album cover is brilliant not only because of the depiction of herself in bondage but also the deliberately retro design, suggesting that sexism is part of a deep-rooted tradition in country. What are your favorite album covers of the year? Meanwhile, check out our store for some memorable vinyl.
David Deal is a writer and marketing consultant who blogs at Superhype http://superhypeblog.com
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