Track-By-Track EP Review: Lauren Davidson – Ballads

Today marks the brand new release of Lauren Davidson’s EP, titled “Ballads”. This is her second EP release. having dropped her first EP back in 2016, titled “Hear Me”. Acting as the lead single, “Pouring Rain” was released back in June and quickly became her most-streamed song on Spotify to-date.

Lauren Davidson is a singer-songwriter from New York City. She’s been trying to establish a Nashville country community in the NYC, and her music is certainly helping to pave a way for that to happen. Her new EP showcases the type of artist she is and that she is prepared to stamp her way into the music industry with addicting songs that we can’t get enough of; “Pouring Rain” is proof of that after it became her most-streamed song. Now, she’s dropped this “Ballads” EP and we are loving all four tracks.

Talking about the EP, Lauren Davidson said: “Why Ballads? Many of my favorite songs, for as long as I can remember, are ballads. Haunting melodies, emotional lyrics, and the sincere artistry behind the songs have always captivated and influenced me. They have been, and remain, an important part of what I have always loved about music. Ballads are truly the stories of our lives and I love listening to them, singing them, and more recently, writing them. When I set out to record this EP, I wanted to showcase another side of myself as a songwriter and as an artist by sharing meaningful stories that touch me deeply at my core. There are many different types and styles of ballads – and that is true of this small collection of songs. From a power ballad to songs of love and loss, these are my stories and I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.”

All of the songs were written by Lauren Davidson herself alongside her father Danny Davidson, and for the track “Just A Memory”, they were joined by Castro and Johnny Rodriguez. Each song deserves its own spotlight and so we have written a track-by-track review of the EP.

Just A Memory

This is the opening track on the EP “Ballads” and from the get-go, Lauren Davidson has a Shania Twain vibe going on infused with Una Healy and Carolynne, proving that country ballads are becoming popular. She has a strong vocal throughout, showcasing her abilities to tell a story from start to finish. It’s a gentle ballad that really introduces this EP perfectly.

Pouring Rain

Lead single from the album, this is currently her most-streamed song to-date and we’re not surprised as Lauren Davidson easily impresses with “Pouring Rain”. It takes on a much more upbeat sound in comparison to “Just A Memory”. During the verses, this incredible singer-songwriter’s vocals are exposed as the backing track completely dies down, and it sounds magical. Then the strong chorus kicks in that is bound to be stuck in one’s head for the rest of the day. This is such a strong country power ballad, for sure.

Hole In My Heart

This is an angelic country ballad that really showcases Lauren Davidson’s sweet side to her vocal all the while bringing deep dark lyrics that contrast perfectly. It’s something that so wouldn’t work on paper and yet this country singer proves that it totally works. This is just simply amazing.

To The Moon And Back

To end this EP, Lauren Davidson brings the upbeat love track “To The Moon And Back”. This is a stunning song that is totally different to the rest of the EP and it suits her perfectly. If we had to call which song should be her second single release from the “Ballads” EP, it would be this one. It’s so catchy, heartfelt, and beautiful. It’s rhythmically pop-country that we would expect from Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts.

If anything, this EP really shows off Lauren Davidson’s versatility in the country music genre, all the while making sure that all the songs are ballads – not an easy thing to do and yet she nails it effortlessly. We are looking forward to seeing what the future brings to Lauren Davidson, and we so hope she drops a music video for “To The Moon And Back” – that is one song that we are so not getting out of our heads.

“Ballads” EP is available to download and stream right now.

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Written by Jonathan Currinn

26-year-old writer, blogger, author, and journalist. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2015. I write under the name Critic Jonni, on my blog. I also write for Channillo, Outlet Magazine, SPECTRUMM, Fuzzable, Modern Magazine, and Electric Mode. In the past, I have written for Fox & Squirrel Photography and the Daily Star. Follow me on Twitter @CriticJonni