Hear Ashley Monroe's 'The Blade' – And See the Cover of Her Upcoming Album

The country star says the heartbreaking song makes her "physically hurt but in a good way"

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Her words cut deep.

PEOPLE has an exclusive first listen of the title track from Ashley Monroe‘s second album, The Blade, which will be released July 24, as well as an exclusive look at the album’s cover art.

“‘The Blade’ is such a special song to me,” Monroe, 28, tells PEOPLE. “I have been on the receiving end of that pain. It actually makes me physically hurt when I sing it but in a good way.”

She adds, “I’m so thankful to the writers of that song. They talked about my heartbreak in a way that I’ve never heard. That’s hard to do.”

And this track isn’t the only powerful one on the album, according to Monroe, who is currently touring with Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town.

“I think every song on this record has an edge of some sort it cuts,” she says. “That’s why I thought The Blade was a perfect title.”

Like Monroe’s critically acclaimed debut album, 2013’s Like a Rose, The Blade features several collaborations with country legend Vince Gill. She has also worked with artists like Little Big Town and Blake Shelton, with whom she sang the CMT and ACM award-nominated duet “Lonely Tonight.”

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The Blade will be available for preorder on Tuesday. The first single, “On to Something Good,” was released earlier this year (and has already received critical acclaim), and the album’s title track will be included as an automatic download with preorder.

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