Caitlyn Smith “High” Song Review

Soaring country music singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith from Cannon Falls, Minnesota started making a name for herself in Music City writing songs for big names including Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. Named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know,” Smith followed her writing success with two full-length records of her own: Starfire in 2018 and Supernova in 2020 which featured her first country radio single, “I Can’t.”

To tease the release of her upcoming brand new album, Smith dropped the arena-ready anthem “High” on Friday, January 28th that she wrote in collaboration with Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Erin Decilveo. Cyrus released her own version of “High” on her latest album Plastic Hearts and now Smith is giving fans her take on the track featuring Amanda Shires on the fiddle. Smith’s upcoming album will also embody her debut as a producer with “High” offering fans the first glimpse of her independent new style.

“High” tells the familiar tale of being too messed up to move on after a lost love. Smith’s rendition of “High” hits completely differently than Cyrus’ soft, country-rock version from 2020. Her thunderous vocals are drenched with a penetrating yet controlled depth that captures the paradoxical emotions of someone broken by heartbreak but strong enough to own up to their cracks. 

"High" by Caitlyn Smith

“Sometimes I stay up all night ‘cause you don’t ever talk to me in my dreams / And I think about eventually you’re holding me and dancing to the record like a movie scene / And in my head, I did my very best /  Saying goodbye, goodbye / And I don’t miss you but I think of you / And don’t know why.”

Lyrically, “High” celebrates the power in vulnerability that is manifested by Smith’s raw and authentic delivery and accented by Shires’ vitalizing grit on the fiddle. Smith manages to inspire empowerment while simultaneously tugging at the heartstrings and giving fans a crushingly beautiful version of a simple but intricate song.

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