“Learn To Love”: This track is a pop song at heart, but it has the writing of a country song. The premise of the song, of letting someone go until they learn to appreciate themselves for who they are, is touching and powerful.
“Prom Dress”: Cone takes a well-loved American tradition — prom — and spins it into a love song. Perfect for prom season, this song is an excellently crafted extended metaphor, comparing a prom dress to a relationship gone wrong.
“Naked”: The phrasing of this sounds like a lost Kelsea Ballerini track, and it wouldn’t be hard to hear country-pop’s princess singing this song. Cone sings about someone who can see deep down inside her, and knows her better than anyone.
“Hey Highway”: Alluding to the Tim McGraw hit “Highway Don’t Care,” Abbey Cone cares about this highway. The song is a letter to a road she drives down in order to escape the hurt fo a heartbreak. Its interesting structure and lyrical content make this a standout of the collection.
“Wish You Would”: This song is brilliant, one of the best of the six songs. The subtle build up to the booming chorus is one that many pop songwriters would drool over, not to mention Cone’s killer vocals on this demo.
“I Like My Bed”: Cone plays with a little humor on this song. Her straightforward honesty about legitimately preferring to wake up in her house, where everything is as she likes it, is cute and relatable, something that would appeal to women of all ages.
Listen to Cone’s SoundCloud collection below: