The simplicity and honestly of the lyrics in this song are breathtaking. In the chorus, Burruss sings, "I need saving, from my big head and everything else." Life is hard. We all sin. Especially with the pressures of the modern world, it's easy to make a lot of mistakes. We all sometimes need a little forgiveness and a little saving, because we can't all do it by ourselves.
The wonderful thing about this song is the religious element. There's been a definite steer away from religious aspects in country songs in the recent years (with the exception of Carrie Underwood's monster hit "Something In The Water), and seeing it slowly creeping back in is wonderful. But what makes this song so special is that even if you're not Christian, or you're not religious, the moment that Burruss describes in this song is a moment that all of us feel. That moment when we feel like we've done so much wrong that we need someone to save us. And whether that be God, or Jesus, or a person in our lives, this is a real, human emotion. No song in recent years has been able to describe this feeling so perfectly, but now Carly Burruss has.
The most rock-influenced track is the closing song, "Devil Can't Steal My Joy." The song is a duet with Christian and country singer Mac Powell. This is the most gritty track on the record, and it's distinct and different from the other four tracks. This shows off Burruss's versatility as an artist and closes off the EP on a high note.
This EP isn't incredible because of the traditional country sound, although that's a major plus. This EP is incredible because it reinvents topics that used to be sung about in country music all of the time into songs that are incredibly relevant to the people. It's proved how universal and timeless country music is. This EP doesn't sound like it was released in 2017, yet it can completely relate to the people of 2017. Burruss meshed relevant and important lyrics with more of a throwback sound to create an incredibly relatable, but also classic debut project.
Best tracks: "Saving," "Ain't Trying to Please"
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 ½ crowns
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