Alana Springsteen has announced that Twenty Something: Getting It Right, the third and final installment of her full-length debut album, will be released on Aug. 18. She has also unveiled Getting It Right track “Look I Like,” which is available now.
Twenty Something consists of three parts: Messing It Up, Figuring It Out and Getting It Right. Each of them explores a different phase of Springsteen’s journey to becoming her most authentic self, as she documents all of the heartache, triumph and transformation she’s experienced so far in her 20s.
Serving as a co-writer on all of the album’s 18 songs as well as co-producing and playing guitar on several, the Columbia Records NY/Sony Music Nashville artist opens up about the turning points in her path to self-acceptance and self-understanding in this final installment, speaking to the thrill of going your own way and paying homage to those who’ve inspired her to chase her dreams.
“I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for the release of Getting It Right. Not only because it marks all of my debut album Twenty Something being out in the world, but also because I’m finally at a place where I can start talking about some of the really fulfilling moments I’ve experienced over the past year or so. I’ve found my way out of a really dark season of heartbreak and self-discovery, and it’s been a real roller coaster of a ride. On the other side of all of that, I’ve found this really empowering, fulfilling, steady sense of self. The songs on part three are a lot of the reason I’m where I am today,” shares Springsteen.
“They’ve let me process the hurt and confusion, and have helped me get to know and love myself in ways I didn’t know I wasn’t before. I’m letting myself be happy again. I’m trusting myself and I’ve surrounded myself with people who have taken the time and made the effort to earn that trust. These songs have prompted conversations with family and friends that I wouldn’t have had the confidence to engage in a year ago. Most importantly, I’m having fun and I’m giving myself permission to mess up more. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that you don’t really get it right without the risk of getting it wrong, and I hope these stories give the people who listen a little courage to take that risk more often. I can’t promise it’ll be easy, but I can promise it’ll be worth it.”
The first release from part three, “Look I Like,” is a carefree tune that shows off the Virginia Beach native’s more fun-loving side with a play-by-play of pursuit driven by instant infatuation.
“I wrote ‘Look I Like’ with Shane McAnally and Pete Good. I remember every second of that day because I had never written a song like this before. That session was the first time I remember feeling ready to explore the emotions that come with truly wanting someone again. I’ve noticed part of what makes songwriters like Shane so great is their ability to write instinctively and to know when to trust those instincts. ‘Look I Like’ fell out very quickly because we didn’t let ourselves overthink or overwrite it. There are days when you do that and you end up with a song that could have been better, and there are days it ends up being exactly what it was meant to be. This day was the latter … so much so, that the final vocal is the one from the day we wrote it,” she adds.
“When I write songs I know I need to get out, there tends to be a magic to the day-of vocal. Texture, emotion, feel. In this case there was a deep yearning in my voice that I didn’t want to mess with, so it stayed. With every decision we made on this song while writing and producing it, we wanted to capture the energetic exchange that happens when you notice someone you have insane chemistry with. It’s all completely non-verbal. Everything from the vocal runs to the bare instrumentation was meant to create anticipation and tension. ‘We don’t chase, we attract’ is also a theme that runs through Getting It Right, and adding that spoken section was a last minute decision I made while Pete and I were in the final stages of producing it. I’ve never been one to make the first move but there’s a lot you can say to someone without saying a word. ‘Look I Like’ is basically a play-by-play of the internal dialogue I experienced in a moment where I felt that way for the first time in a long time. This song will never not make me feel some type of way.”
Twenty Something Track Listing:
* Produced by Chris LaCorte; Co-Produced by Will Weatherly
+ Produced by Paul DiGiovanni and Alana Springsteen
^ Produced by Chris LaCorte and Alana Springsteen
# Produced by Will Weatherly and Alana Springsteen
** Produced by Pete Good and Alana Springsteen
++ Produced by Ido Zmishlany and Alana Springsteen
^^ Produced by Alana Springsteen; Co-Produced by Austin Stanley
## Produced by Nick Bailey and Alana Springsteen
*** Produced by Ryan “Rykeyz” Williamson
1. “You Don’t Deserve A Country Song” (Alana Springsteen, Mitchell Tenpenny, Geoff Warburton, Will Weatherly, Michael Whitworth)*
2. “If You Love Me Now” (Alana Springsteen, John Byron, Jared Keim, Ryan Beaver)+
3. “Caught Up To Me” (Alana Springsteen, Mitchell Tenpenny, Will Weatherly, Dallas Wilson)+
4. “Goodbye Looks Good On You (feat. Mitchell Tenpenny)” (Alana Springsteen, Lauren LaRue, Mitchell Tenpenny, Dallas Wilson)^
5. “Tennessee Is Mine” (Alana Springsteen, Madison Kozak, Claire Douglas Wall, Grady Block)**
6. “Shoulder To Cry On” (Alana Springsteen, Liz Rose, Trannie Anderson, AJ Pruis)^
7. “Twenty Something” (Alana Springsteen, Liz Rose, AJ Pruis, Trannie Anderson)^
8. “Chameleon” (Alana Springsteen, Sasha Alex Sloan, King Henry)+
9. “Here’s To All My Exes” (Alana Springsteen, Will Weatherly, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins)#
10. “Hypocrite” (Alana Springsteen, Mitchell Tenpenny, Will Weatherly, Ryan Beaver)^
11. “When We Were Friends” (Alana Springsteen, Sasha Alex Sloan, Pete Good)**
12. “Ghost In My Guitar (feat. Chris Stapleton)” (Alana Springsteen, Ido Zmishlany, Delacey, Sarah Solovay)++
13. “Taylor Did” (Alana Springsteen, Trannie Anderson, Dallas Wilson, Alysa Vanderheym)^^
14. “Different Kinda Country” (Alana Springsteen, Josh Dorr, Nick Bailey)##
15. “Cowboys and Tequila” (Alana Springsteen, Paul DiGiovanni, Parker Welling, Josh Dorr)+
16. “Thinkin’ Straight” (Alana Springsteen, Shay Mooney, Ryan “Rykeyz” Williamson, Geoff Warburton)***
17. “Look I Like” (Alana Springsteen, Shane McAnally, Pete Good)**
18. “Amen” (Alana Springsteen, Delacey, Sarah Solovay, Ido Zmishlany)++
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