"A Bad Thing" is the weakest track on the EP, but it's not a bad song by any stretch of the word. The song speaks of love, and how "falling ain't always a bad thing." It has an almost Michelle Branch 'The Spirit Room' vibe, bringing in pop rock elements along with the country songwriting. The track is for the most part under produced, providing a change of pace from the two more fully produced songs that sandwich it.
"You're a poet with empty words in the promises you made
Take all that you can get and give just a taste
As much as I want to,
I know that loving you is like driving Alabama to California on fumes."
"Tennessee River" closes the record, and it's a perfect pop song. The chorus is infectious, the song is meaningful, and the country accents add a more full feel to the production. Out of all of these tracks, this could be the most qualified as the 'lead single,' since it was on her SoundCloud a couple months before the whole EP was released. The song paints the picture of a place, on the Tennessee River, where Ray spent her summers as a teenager. Nostalgia is a big theme in country music, and this song is a perfect example of that theme, completely immersed in modern pop country production.
Jenny Ray's debut EP has a specific sound that you can't find anywhere else. She's not trying to copy anyone, but she also succeeds in creating her own unique, but radio friendly sound. To have that with her first record is an incredible accomplishment.
Best songs: Fumes, Tennessee River
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 crowns