There's an interesting parallel between "Where We're Lyin'" and the fifth track "Bring the Sunshine." In the former track, Wildgen sings, "the sun rises through the window," while talking about a broken relationship. In the latter, happier track, she sings, "Don't even need to open the blinds / cause you bring the sunshine." This is another sign of a great songwriter — having connections and common themes throughout their songs.
But in some cases, the pop rock influence doesn't work out as well as it could have. "Never Comes Easy" is a song that has the best intentions, and is written beautifully, about losing someone in your life, but has some production flaws. The verses are driven by acoustic guitar, fiddle and other country instrumentals, but the chorus is surprisingly rocky, and doesn't really work with the rest of the song, or the rest of the EP. Lyrically, it's a gorgeous song and deserves a lot of credit for that, but the production leaves a bit to be desired.
"Hopeless Romance" is another one that stresses the talent that Wildgen has as a storyteller. Wildgen tells the full love story of a couple that broke up, and how she still thinks about him even after they are completely over. It's a story of love and loss, of regret and nostalgia. And again, Wildgen uses word play, by taking a new meaning of the phrase 'hopeless romantic' and using it in the context of a failed relationship. Definitely worth a thorough listen.
The EP finishes with "Little Bit Longer," a country/folk ballad about self confidence and chasing dreams. A beautiful and uplifting ballad, it rounds out the EP nicely, with Wildgen emphasizing that she chose the right thing to do with her life — go into country music and songwriting. And all of her fans and the industry will be glad that she chose music as well. Wildgen has a lot to offer country music, and I have a feeling that this EP is just the beginning of what she can, and what she will do in country music.
Best tracks: Where We're Lyin', Hopeless Romance, Bring the Sunshine
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 ½ crowns