Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope Records
Lauren Alaina won the hearts of American Idol audiences with her soaring voice and lilting Georgia twang. Alaina shines on Wildflower with her enthusiasm for growing up and falling in love. "Eighteen Inches" is a waltzing coming-of-age song that takes up where Sara Evans' "Suds in the Bucket" left off: "When you're young and in love/ You might do some things that don't seem all that smart/ There ain't no greater distance/ Than the 18 inches from your head and your heart." More highlights include the sassy "Georgia Peaches," the somber-but-hopeful "Dirt Road Prayer" and the jaunty "Tupelo."