Ava Anderson is a musician who got her start early. She started around age eleven writing songs and playing piano. Recently she released a self-titled EP Ava Anderson that contains six songs.
Her EP is a mixture of styles including some rock and country. Anderson has dynamic vocals and the songs are well written. The song also felt conventional in a lot of ways. There really weren’t any surprises in terms of structure, production and delivery. The songs were easy on the ears but I think a little more experimentation or pushing a little more on convention may have helped the songs not sound as familiar.
Up first is “Dead Ringer” which fuses country and rock. This song in particular had a sense of familiarity to it. That being said there are some impressive aspects to the song. The swelling chorus in particular sounds great. “Back to Earth” felt like straightforward rock.
The next two songs is where I think Anderson sounds her best vocally and sounds a little more at home. The melancholy in her voice sounds great on “Wonder Woman.” “Tennessee” is arguably the highlight. The song is minimal and builds organically. Anderson rocks out on “Last Call” which is a pop oriented single worthy song. “Breaking Hearts (Acoustic)” is self explanatory and another song that shows off her vocal chops.
Anderson no doubt has a lot of talent but I can’t help but think it may behoove her to surround herself with musicians who are willing to push some boundaries and explore some more sonic possibilities. All the fundamental elements are in place but I get the sense something is being held back.
Overall, this is a solid EP with well written songs that tend to feel safe but are also enjoyable. I look forward to hearing more from Anderson.
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