Despite how well Alayna does big, bold tracks, the two highlights of this record are the more serious, slower tracks, "Cold Front" and "Two Story House." It is obvious that Alayna can kill those huge songs, like "Crime Scene' and "Trash," and belt over all of the loud electric guitars, but these two tracks show a different side of her talent. Singing a heartfelt song can be hard for singers who normally sing sassy anthems, but it doesn't seem to be a problem for Alayna. "Cold Front" has the best lyrics on the EP. The track is a powerful country-rock influenced power ballad about a man shutting out the person who loves him the most. The chorus is incredibly beautiful:
"Oooo, I feel a cold front coming on,
Oooo, the silence says it all
I spent too much time standing outside
Frozen to the bone
Oooo, I feel a cold front coming on."
This song incredible purely on the basis of the lyrics. Weather has been compared to relationships in the best songs, like Hunter Hayes' "Storm Warning" and Gary Allan's "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" and this song is right on par with them. The imagery and running metaphor in this song are as good as songs written by classic female songwriters like Liz Rose and Matraca Berg. Alayna does her best with powerful lyrics and powerful vocals, and this song is perfection.
The EP ends with the title track. The longest song on the record by a full minute, this song is the only song written by Alayna herself. It is a very autobiographical song, and seems like the most personal song on the record. In general terms, Alayna grew up on "The Wrong Side" and it was her, all her, that brought her into country music. She came into the music industry because she wanted it, not that anyone else pushed her into doing it. This, although not the most uptempo or loud song on the EP, is definitely the most tough. This song proudly screams that Alayna can make it on her own, and she doesn't need anyone to break any rules for her. She's got it. The production of this song is absolutely flawless, with a more rocky feel than any of the other songs on the EP, more like some early Paramore songs than Faith Hill.
The free music Alayna gives away on her website is nothing compared to this. Given, those are demos, but lyrically and vocally, these six tracks are on a different playing field. They show the growth Alayna has made musically, and how she has really found her sound and established her own kind of country music. Alayna breaks through the stereotypes and barriers of country music, and creates an EP that is full of music that is completely unique, and completely Alayna.
Best tracks: Cold Front, Two Story House, The Wrong Side
Throwaway tracks: Crazymaker
Overall rating: 4 and a half crowns