"My Church" was Morris' breakthrough. Then song ended up racking up almost 3 million plays on the music streaming app Spotify, and was the true launch of this EP. When this EP was released, those fans acquired through that song then latched onto the other songs on this EP, bringing "80's Mercedes" to almost 1 million streams, and the other three songs to over 100,000 streams. This song itself is a bluesy country romp, a modern take on old school country. Morris sounds a bit like "Blowin' Smoke" by Kacey Musgraves, with the blues rock influences. Written by Maren Morris and busbee, this song talks about how music is her church and her religion, more than anything else. It's an interesting take on a country song, and this unique viewpoint has definitely paid off for Morris.
While these songs are all quite good and written beautifully, "I Wish I Was" is the most personal Morris ever gets by a considerable margin. Her soul influences are especially prevalent on this track, while Morris apologizes to a man that she wishes she could be with, but knows that she's not right for him. She pleads, "Cause you're looking for true love / and I'm not the one / but I wish, I wish I was." It's a powerful but catchy track that leads to the final track, "Company You Keep," which closes out the EP nicely.
Morris has released 3 independent records, and released this EP with Big Yellow Dog Music, until she announced she had signed with Colombia Nashville. She won the 2012 New Music Seminar's "Artist on the Verge" award, and that prediction is finally coming through. With widespread acclaim from fellow artists like Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Dan + Shay, Dave Barnes, Maddie & Tae, and friend Kacey Musgraves, and playing shows with country music superstars, Maren Morris is on her way to becoming a superstar herself.
Best tracks: My Church, 80's Mercedes, I Wish I Was
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 and a half crowns