Metro Weekly‘s music reviewer was initially shocked! – shocked, I tell you! – when presented with a COUNTRY ALBUM from a former RuPaul’s Drag Race girl…
Writes Sean Maunder:
That may not have been such a surprise to the fans who have seen Trixie Mattel sing live or who follow her Instagram, but the rest of us can go ahead and take a moment to pick ourselves up off the floor. Even more surprising, Mattel’s Two Birds (★★★★★) is really, really good. Not to cast any shade, but with a handful of exceptions, the musical output of Drag Race alumni could generously be described as uneven. Two Birds, with neither a hint of autotune nor a single joke about tucking, is an odd — and more than welcome — addition to the canon.
He then proceeds to gush over each track (a favorite being “Mama Don’t Make Me Put on that Dress Again” which “walks the line between upbeat and sentimental, its poignant lyrics sung with a grin and set to an upbeat tune you could dance along to in a pair of cowboy boots…)
He then ends the review with THIS:
Two Birds is not just good for a Ru girl. It’s a legitimately enjoyable country album, one that can be listened to over and over again. Even if you’ve never been on the Drag Race wagon, you owe it to yourself to at least give Two Birds a spin. There are no prerequisites required, no irony-drenched inside jokes or ham-fisted references to the show. Just sincere, heartfelt songwriting that’s sure to pull on the heartstrings of any queer kid who grew up listening to country and never thought they would hear themselves in it.
Read the entire review here.