ALBUM REVIEW: Lauren Sanderson – “DON’T PANIC”

Self-made artist Lauren Sanderson has released another EP for fans to fall in love with.

The six-track album Don’t Panic taps into Sanderson’s musical abilities that landed her a record deal with Epic Records earlier this year. As her third EP, Don’t Panic showcases the soulful yet electrifying tunes you didn’t know you needed to hear.

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lauren was an inspirational speaker who spoke to parents about accepting their children. She then began exploring her creative interests through YouTube covers and short films, eventually releasing her first EP Center of Expression in 2016. The appreciation and love from her fans motivated Lauren to go on tour, which she documented online.

Don’t Panic begins with “Shut Them Up,” launching a big F-U to the people who are clouding her vision and only calling when they need something. Lauren naturally flows through the lyrics after a voicemail about not being M.I.A. plays in the beginning. “Nothing makes sense to me / You’re not my friend, you my enemy / All these mixed signals you sendin’ me.”

Sanderson has garnered the attention of many artists since she began releasing music. Russ, Bella Thorne, PnB Rock, and many more artists have all showed support for the newly incoming artist.

“Differently” opens up with the crazy amount of love she has for her roots. Lauren moved to LA in 2017 to pursue her music career yet she “Might be in LA but Indiana live in me / I’m on a new wave but I ain’t rolling differently.” She explains how she’s still the same girl from Indiana even though people may be seeing her differently because of the fame.

The third song, “Electric” transitions into a smooth flow with only the vibes of a reggae guitar in the background. This song shows you how special of an artist this 22-year-old is. The chorus is powerful, unbelievably catchy and this is evidently the one you can play all day without getting tired of it.

The newest single off the album “The Only One” has a fun lyricism within a twisted relationship that’s not actually a relationship. “You only call me for that na na na na na /  Say something, something ’bout that blah blah blah blah / You ain’t the only one / That’s hitting me up.” In the music video, the visuals are irresistibly pleasing to watch as Lauren shines in each scene switching from grocery store, house, and laundromat while four girls in similar outfits dance behind her. Sanderson co-directed the video herself with the in-demand director and visionary Roxana Baldovin.

Lyrically, “Better Anyway” is about not pursuing a relationship because of distance and differences in what kind of relationship they each want. “But you know I come with heartbreak / And the spotlight /  And that’s why I gotta go” details the realities Lauren isn’t afraid to share in her music. It’s a large reason why fans have been following her from the minute she released her first EP.

To top off the EP, “In The Middle” plays a calmer, soulful tune more similar to her second EP Spaces. Lauren tries to get people to understand and accept her in the music industry as she follows her dreams. “But I did not get this fuckin far / To be some puppet on some shelf / & I haven’t fought for who I am / Just to become somebody else” Lauren serenely raps in the end.

Don’t Panic proves how legit Lauren Sanderson is.

This six-song collection of impeccable songwriting, insanely creative production and distinct vocal performance has Sanderson finally showing the world what she has to offer. We’re excited to see what other surprises Lauren has in store for us. And as Lauren Sanderson always says, “trust the universe.”

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Written by Evelin Mercedes

Evelin Mercedes is an entrepreneur with an interest in writing about music. Founder of Music Trails. Instagram: @evelinm_