"Next to Me" is the superior song in comparison to "Crazy Like That" production wise as well as lyrically. The song is a little less rocky, and has a bit more focus on the vocals. The instrumentals are prominent, but not overpowering. It has a feeling of some of the older Taylor Swift songs, mixed with some more modern influences. Parks also shines vocally on this song, partially because her vocals are the star of the show, not hidden behind too many instruments.
Madison Parks has improved, even from her last release to this one. This song is a special one, a song sure to connect with teenagers, and older women and men who fell in love as teenagers. Young love is reckless, fearless, and special. Parks is able to capture that all in this three minute song. Now that takes some talent.
Overall rating: 4 and a half crowns