Pop country singer songwriter Kelsea Ballerini was a major influence on this project. She wrote two of the tracks: "Rebound" with "Love Me Like You Mean It" and "Dibs" co-writer Josh Kerr and Jason Massey, and "Ain't Your Girl" with Jesse Lee and Forest Glen Whitehead. Both of these tracks are on the sassier side, and that injects a whole new personality and edge into Gibson's sound. The better of these two tracks is "Ain't Your Girl." (Listen to a clip of Ballerini's version.) Gibson shines so much vocally on this song, and it was produced to pop country perfection. It has an infectious beat and a girl power element that makes it a must have on a girls night playlist. "Rebound" is also a solid song, but doesn't quite live up to the sharpness of "Ain't Your Girl."
The two ballads of the collection are reminiscent of the amazing ballad of her last EP, "Stop the Clock." "Permanent" and "You Still Got That" don't quite live up to the beauty of that song, but they come pretty close. The better of the two is "Permanent," which embraces country instrumentals more than the other, basically pop rock track does. Written by Gibson, "Permanent" is the best song on this EP. There has to be a classic love ballad on every collection of music, and this song fits that bill. The lyrics are simple and beautiful, one of the best lines being: "we can get a little lost before we're found."
It's funny listening to the lead single "In Your Kiss" after hearing the whole EP. That song is good, but the rest of their EP surpasses expectations. Gibson has figured out who she is as an artist, and this EP proves that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Best tracks: Permanent, Ain't Your Girl
Throwaway tracks: Lovin' You Lately
Overall rating: 4 crowns