Despite Frazier's slightly failed record label, she did create some amazing music in the process. Frazier is one of the few country artists who actually wants to be a country artist. This record is evident of that fact, with the songs that are country, despite the fact that Frazier's voice isn't remarkably twangy. The first five tracks of this ten track record are the new songs, and the last five are off of her old self titled EP. The new songs are some of the best songs Frazier has ever created, especially “Feet Standing Still,” “Hallelujah Instead” and “Way That He Loves Me.” Ballads are presenting themselves as a strong point for Frazier musically, and “Part of My Show” and “Way That He Loves Me” are no exception. The former track kicks off the record in a beautiful way, with it's breakup ballad tune and waltzy beat. But "Way That He Loves Me" still prevails as the best love song on the record.
“But I never will / dreaming with my feet standing still.” This line comes from the last song on the new section of this record, "Feet Standing Still" which takes on a country pop sound. It's a mid-tempo inspirational track, that talks about Frazier as a person, and her life as a musician. There's a little contemporary Christian music influence hidden throughout the song, and makes it stand out as another solid and relatable, but different track.
“Hey Bully” and “Love Letters” are two wistful ballads, the former being the most pop and rock influenced Frazier ever ventures. It's a classic bully anthem, but there's something about Frazier's version of the classic teenage angst song that stands out. Instead of just asking ‘why?’ Frazier emphasizes how bullies are not monsters, they're not the devil. They're still humans, but a kind that has strayed. Frazier belts: “Hey bully, you're a lot like me.” “Love Letters” is another breakup track, about a letter that was written to break up with her. “There's no love in these love letters,” Frazier most eloquently sings.
The only real flaw with this collection is cohesion. It does seem like 2 separate EP projects shoved together, which is is. There's no connect between the first half and the second half, because they really do represent an evolution in Frazier's style and sound. The first part is more country, more her. It sounds different. And although the second half is still quite good and still quite country, it seems like there were more influences forced into her music in order to add more radio appeal. The first part sounds like the music was done more on her own terms.
From the little girl who sold 30,000 copies of a record she made when she was 9 years old by walking around her town, to the powerhouse vocalist who was wrongfully cut from the Voice, it's finally time for Morgan Frazier to shine. She's been working so hard for so long, and hopefully this media coverage that The Voice brought her will either lead her to a better record label, or just lead her to independently create music, because if the new tracks on this record are what Frazier wants to be doing with her music, country radio and country music needs her desperately.
Best tracks: Way That He Loves Me, Standing Still, Yellow Brick Road, Love Letters
Throwaway tracks: Halo
Overall rating: 4 and a half crowns