The performance of the title track of her record is the show stopper. "The First Time" is a song about two people who broke up, and are planning to meet up and talk about their relationship and life. The song paints the scene of Ballerini sitting on her front porch waiting for her ex, who never shows up. She sings, "that's why goodbye should mean goodbye the first time," writing off the idea of second chances in a beautiful, solemn way. On the record, this song, like many of the songs is overproduced. But the acoustic version of the song sounds perfect, and it really conveys the power and emotion behind the song, which are overshadowed by the electronic elements on the studio version.
Kelsea Ballerini, a lot like Taylor Swift, is an artist that appeals to a lot of young women and girls. But unlike Taylor Swift, who is almost universally praised for her songwriting ability, Ballerini does not get the credit she deserves. She's not at the level Swift is, but she has the potential to be fabulous. This EP is proof that Ballerini is an incredible talent, and she's not going anywhere.
Best tracks: "The First Time," "Peter Pan"
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 5 crowns