Two of the best tracks on the EP are "The Crash" and the title track. The former is a duet with Curtis Grimes. The best part of this track is the first verse. Grimes starts off the song, and it's a nice surprise to hear his low gravely voice. It's an "am I still playing the same EP?" moment but the song is much more interesting, and makes Brooks's vocals sound better than they do in the rest of the EP, which is really hard, because she has beautiful vocals throughout the whole EP. The chorus is mostly Brooks singing, with Grimes' backing vocals. Their voices blend together beautifully.
The title track, "Shame on Me" is the first piano ballad on the EP, and is a beautiful song that seems like something Taylor Swift would create with her old production and new mindset about love. In the song, Brooks blames herself for a bad breakup. She uses phrases like "I should have known it from the start" that reflect some of the lyrics from Swift's "Dear John" from a few years ago. An organ comes in near the end of the song, but the song ends with piano. Brooks' last note is perfect. Incredible. Beautiful. It is the perfect ending to a perfect song.
The EP ends with the bonus track, "House of the Rising Sun."It's a haunting track, and another place where organ comes up in the EP. Otherwise, it is acoustic guitar based , leaving the focus mostly on Brooks' vocals. In this track, there is a bit of R&B influence on the vocals, specifically similar to artists like Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey. It does end the EP on a good note, with the organ slowly fading out.
With this EP, Brooks shows her endless amounts of talent. Her new single, "Playboy" shows her sassier side, and her more country side as well. Brooks continues to put out song after song that are all excellent and country radio worthy. Now we just have to get all of the radio stations to see that.
Best tracks: Take Me Back, The Crash (Feat. Curtis Grimes), Shame on Me
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall Rating: 4 and a half crowns