"Ramblin' Man" is the oddest mixture of electro-pop, dubstep, and country that has ever worked in a song before. The few electropop/dubstep/country songs that have worked have been Sam Hunt's "Break Up In A Small Town", and Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble", which was basically electropop anyway. Collins manages to keep this song country-ish, but creates such a unique track. This kind of song has never been heard before from a true country artist, and it is a risk., but works in Collins favor by making her stand out so much. After the main chorus of this track, the beat drops, and the dubstep influence comes in. The song samples part of the Hank Williams classic, "Ramblin' Man", which this song was based off of. The overly autotuned Hank Williams voice singing, "I love you baby" in the background is a bit off-putting the first few times listening to the song, but it's grown on me.
Two highlights on this EP are the straight up country tracks. This shows that Collins can range from electro-pop to country and still be amazing at everything. "Get Drunk and Cry" is one of my personal favorites on the EP. The fiddle at the beginning adds such a beautiful touch to the song, and the story, although cliche, is so sad, and relatable. I love how Collins can be so straightforward and honest in a song like this one. She doesn't dance around the truth with beautiful metaphors and lyrics: she just cuts right to the chase and admits she is going to get drunk and cry. There is a simplistic beauty to that that not many songs have these days. "Vintage" is the other highlight, and the last track on the EP. It is the best track on the EP, in that it is so 'Ruthie Collins.' This song describes her music as a whole. She has throwbacks, like the Hank Williams sample in "Ramblin' Man", but also is a modern country singer. Collins has the potential to acheive fantastic things in both the country and pop genres, and I believe if she stays true to herslef, like she does on the EP, it will pay off for her.
Best tracks: Ramblin' Man, Get Drunk and Cry, Vintage
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 crowns