Mary Sarah is an artist completely committed to the country music genre. It's refreshing to find a woman who incorporates pop elements but also keeps country music true to its name. From our review of thetitle track: "What makes Mary Sarah special is her voice, and her ability to mesh traditional country elements into modern country pop tracks....she has the incredible ability to bring back old country elements into radio friendly formats, like she does on this track. This is what country music today should sound like. It is obviously not going to sound like country music did 30 years ago, but this track also pays respect to and embraces some elements of traditional country music."
The best track of this collection is "There Goes That Memory Again," a bluegrass influenced song about moving on. Dolly Parton meets Taylor Swift on this song, with the throwback sound, but also the love-centered lyrics. This song is also similar in topic to Kacey Musgraves's "I Miss You," in which she sings about being happy with her life, but still missing someone throughout the happiness. The upbeat tempo contradicts the somewhat depressing lyrics, and Mary Sarah's vocals sound flawless, as always. This is a song that, more than any other song she has released, emphasizes how talented Mary Sarah really is. The lyrics, production, and vocals are all flawless, bringing together all of her strengths, and showing the industry that she's a full package. She's ready to be a star.
Two other highlights are "Rags to Rhinestones" and "We Move On." The former track is a true country song, telling the story of a woman who works her way up the industry and goes from having nothing to having everything. "She followed the music" and and went from rags to rhinestones. It sounds like a story to someone else, but it also could be interpreted as a song about Mary Sarah herself. Whoever it is supposed to be about, this song is an example of masterful storytelling. "We Move On" is a more religious song, but also a song about moving on from loss. The upbeat song hides the true meaning, but also makes it more radio friendly. Lyrically, this is a comforting and uplifting track that everyone going through a hard time needs to listen to. She sings: 'We break down / we look up / and we move on." Such a universal, simple, and beautiful statement.
This EP delves more into Mary Sarah's own music is like. With Bridges, fans learned how incredible her voice is, but this is her own songwriting voice, much matured from what it was in 2010. Mary Sarah is so talented, and 2016 seems poised to be her real breakout year.
Best tracks: Rags to Rhinestones, There Goes That Memory Again, We Move On
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 ½ crowns