Confidence is a big topic addressed on this EP, and it is present in the lyrics as well as the production of most of the songs. "Inevitable" is the obvious choice for the most confident song, and it echoes some of the themes in Rose's breakout hit "I Ain't Your Mama," while building on it as well. Rose declares that she was born to be an artist an songwriter, and chants "it's inevitable" in the poppy arrangement. It's a great way to kick off the EP, and establishes that she's the same girl who sassed it up with "I Ain't Your Mama" three years ago, just with a more poppy and glossy coating.
But even in the ballad "Love Me More" and the new single "Same Sky," that underlying message of girl power is still there. "Same Sky" is a song that is pretty much genre-less, but the great country songwriting mixed with the pop-leaning production and the way Rose's vocals shine highlight all of Rose's skills. "Love Me More" is tied with the closing track "Broken" for best song on the EP, and it even has been receiving a bit of airplay on Sirius XM The Highway, proving that emotional songs sometimes have more impact than any other songs.
I would have been happy with another incredible album in the same musical vein as Cut to Impress, and I'm sure many fans feel the same way. But Rose takes chances on the Variety Show, and as a young, or an artist of any age, that's what you're supposed to be doing. Rose is only on her second record, and she has a long career ahead of her, and who knows where she'll end up taking her music! This is just the beginning.
Best tracks: Love Me More, Broken
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 crowns