Katie Pruitt's Expectations is a remarkably assured, heartfelt debut. The young Nashville-based singer-songwriter writes back-to-basics Americana-infused ballads that reverberate with courage and vulnerability. One moment Pruitt's stripping down the sound to its barest roots, the next she's layering swelling strings and haunting keyboard melodies. Lyrically, she takes on the concept of "normal" sexuality, delves into mental illness, and weighs the danger of heartbreak with the triumph of love. In a world that feels increasingly fraught, Expectations proves there's strength to be found in stillness, a boldness in simply being yourself.