"Land" comes next. Although the weakest track on the EP, this song is still good, and undeniably 'Kelsie May.' Out of all of the tracks on the EP, this is the most pop-influenced and the song that sounds the most like the music on country radio today. From the muted drum beats at the beginning, to the lyrics, this song is country pop. There's some Taylor Swift influence in the production, which is not a surprise, given May's public obsession with Swift's music. The lyrics are the low point of the song. They are somewhat bland, just like everything else on the radio today. Even so, a low for May is not very low at all, so compared to most country music these days, this is still a pretty decent song.
The EP ends with "Highway 23," seemingly the most personal song on the EP. Co-written by May herself, this track discusses May's hometown, and her childhood in general. This is a classic country song, with the throwback production, and the lyrics about life in a small town in Kentucky. The song starts out with:
"I'm just a young thing from Kentucky,
where the horses run wild and free.
And the wind plays a gentle love song,
through the wild willow trees."
May sets up the song with this description and then picks up the tempo a bit later to add a more swing-dance feel to the track. This song has beautiful lyrics that are stereo-typically 'country,' but at least don't speak of tailgates and tan-lines.
It is a welcome change to see a young woman singing about something she knows, and not jumping forward and trying to sing about things that women many years her senior are singing about. The songs on this EP represent May as a singer, and a person. It is obvious that she has a connection to every single one of them, which is easily conveyed through her performance on the tracks. May poured her heart into this small four song EP, and it is a truly excellent EP. When she makes her full, debut album, country music better watch out! Kelsie May is here.
Best tracks: The Same Way, Young Love
Throwaway tracks: Land
Overall rating: 4 crowns