The second track and the first new track "Used to You" begins as a mandolin-driven track, and grows into a very pretty country pop song about Parks finally finding a good guy, the right guy. This song isn't the best song on the EP, but it is a nice introduction to the new songs that Parks has been writing.
"Young" is a highlight of the EP, not just because it perfectly encapsulates the message of the collection as a whole, but it's also a perfectly written and produced country pop song. This could be strong single material, because it's a song that not only represents Parks as an artist currently, but it's also incredibly catchy. The song has crowd appeal, with the song-along at the bridge, in which Parks sings, along with hand claps, "Live it up / while we're young" over and over again. This song isn't profound, and it's not lyrical genius, but it's a solid, catchy song and it is perfect to appeal to the audiences that Parks should be aiming to reach.
Parks takes after country Taylor Swift in two ways on this EP: the theme of young love that links every song on the record, and the fact that Parks writes her age. Parks graduates high school this year, so she's still in her teens. What's so refreshing about this EP is that it's all her voice. There are no songs on here that sound like they were written by someone older than 18. She co-wrote every song on the EP, which is very evident. This is the EP of a young woman who's growing up but also celebrating still being a teenager. There's a need in this industry to sing about mature topics, topics that young artist really don't know much about. But this EP is the real introduction to Madison Parks: musician, as well as Madison Parks: eighteen-year-old.
Best tracks: Young, 13 Years
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 ½ crowns