Truth be told it can take time to make a quality EP or album if being a musician isn’t your main job. Most musicians have full time jobs, family, etc. This seems to be the case with the five-song EP Meet You There by Billy Hughes. It took around two years to make this EP.
His songs fit within a pop/rock category. There is a ’90s, arguably even an ’80s feel to the songs. The songs are pretty basic all things considered sticking to 4/4 time and major and minor keys. I thought the production was solid. The recording sounded professional and radio ready.
“Slowly Crumbling” is the opener which was a good choice to put in the first slot. The first forty seconds or so revolve around an ambient, airy lead and strummed chords. There isn’t any warning when the drums, bass and vocals come in but it works. The vocals are strong amongst the various harmonies leading the song. There is a cosmic guitar solo and the hook is catchy. Overall, it is a highlight on the EP.
“Some Time To Bleed” felt very pop oriented and slated for FM radio. The song is predictable and follows a standard pop structure. Don’t get me wrong - it’s catchy and I thought the crescendos were dynamic and powerful but I just knew where the song was going before it got there.
“Want It To Be Me” is a stripped back song revolving around acoustic guitar and vocals. That ’90s vibe was still in there for me and most of it came from the vocals. “The Hour” was another highlight. The song is smooth, dynamic and had a great groove. Hughes closes with the title track “Meet You There” which is a nostalgic, emotionally resonant song.
Overall, Meet You There is a solid EP. I thought the flow of the five songs was seamless and it felt cohesive. Even though I can’t say Hughes is the most inventive artist I have recently heard. The songs are well written and delivered and I left feeling satisfied with the songs. Recommended.
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