"For a while I would smile
Cause we were alright
Lately it seems I only want what was never mine."
This lyric, although simple, is incredibly profound, saying that she wants this man that she is slowly realizing was never really hers. Vocally, for this track, Redmond channels the strong vocals of Danielle Bradbery, and at some points sounds remarkably like the fellow country singer, displaying Redmond's vocal ability yet again. The mix of different genres in this song along with the outstanding songwriting make it one of the most put-together tracks I have heard in a while.
If there were an award for the most country song on the EP, "Featherbed" would win it. Redmond takes a page out of country superstar Kenny Chesney's book, and sings this beachy song about forgetting about your troubles. Chesney, who has released hits like "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" is the king of forgetting his troubles, and Redmond perfectly crafts her own version of his signature type of song. The entire vibe of the track matches Redmond's flawless vocals, and adds to the relaxing quality. The production of this track is masterful, with the little acoustic guitar solos throw in every now and then, adding a latin flavor, and the offbeat adding a reggae vibe. This overshadows the lyrics that aren't up to par with the rest of the EP, and makes the song a standout track.
The EP closes out with "When it Rains." Although the weakest song on the EP, it is not that by much. The reason this song is ranked a little lower than the other songs on the record is because rain is such an overused theme in songs. However, despite that fact, Redmond crafts a beautiful metaphor in this song, and catchy pop/rock production that carries on the message of the song. So this is in no way a throwaway track, because everything Redmond releases is brilliantly produced and written.
Although this EP does achieve what it was intended to do - show off Redmond's evolving talent - it would be nice to hear a few more songs on a EP. Her voice is so captivating, an the EP ends way too soon, leaving the listener wanting more music from her. Most likely that was the point.
Best tracks: Matches, Featherbed
Throwaway tracks: none
Overall rating: 4 crowns