"Provoked" is the third studio album by American country music singer Sunny Sweeney. It was released on August 5, 2014 via Thirty Tigers/Aunt Daddy Records. The album includes the single "Bad Girl Phase," which was a Number One hit on the Texas Music Charts.
It had been three years since Sweeney had released a new album. And that way too long. Sweeney absolutely nails it with Provoked. The songwriting is well done and the instrumentation is flawless. She went back to her Red Dirt Texas roots, but also gave it a modern flavor. It’s traditional country music for sure. Many country artists after losing major record deals or mainstream relevance try too hard to win their old appeal back from Music Row or the mainstream country audience instead of just being themselves and trying to produce the best country music possible. Whoever decided to cut Sweeney loose from her major label deal is looking like a real idiot after hearing this album from Sweeney. Women are struggling to make it onto country music radio and Sweeney is a prime candidate to fill this gaping void. Sunny Sweeney’s Provoked is one of the best country albums of 2014 and is a front-runner for Country Perspective’s Album of the Year. If you haven’t listened to this album yet and you love real country music, go check this out now. ---- countryperspective.com