Last week I reviewed the new single from Lacey called Shadow and to cut a long story short I got a little bit excited. That track is the lead single from the band’s upcoming EP I Don’t Owe The World A Thing and wouldn’t you know it, I just so happen to have a copy of said EP to review for you right now.
Off the back of hearing Shadow I had very high hopes for this record and I am pleased to say that it delivered. All of the things that I loved about that single are showcased in abundance and although I’m going to review a hell of a lot more EP’s before the end of the year I Don’t Owe The World A Thing will surely be up there with the very best.
The EP opens with that track Shadow that I keep talking about. I’m not going to completely re-hash my single review as you’ve no doubt already clinked the link above and read it (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink) but I will say that you can play the track to death and it won’t lose its magic. It’s got it all, great arrangement, great melody, great hook, great vocal. The song is an anthem as simple as that.
Hoax picks up where the opener left off and is another quality song. The drums are deceptively powerful and really kick beautifully. That vocal from Turner soars through the chorus once again and lyrically I can’t help but think that we can all see a bit of ourselves in part of that chorus – “I’m a hoax, I’m a liar, but I’m a saint” even if we don’t always want to admit it.
The pace drops considerably for ballad Take Me Home, a track with so much emotional weight it would be impossible to pick the thing up without the use of industrial machinery. In all of the blurb that I was sent about this record it was described as ‘melancholic’ and that word couldn’t apply more here. Lyrically the track has got stacks of depth and anything with a real honesty and that ‘straight from the heart’ feel will always score big with me.
The penultimate and title track feels like it sums up the EP as a whole. There are elements of melancholy and the feeling of someone just trying to make sense of the world and in places themselves but at the same time there’s an air of defiance running through its veins. The whole thing feels very relatable and in places even raw but that’s wrapped up in a polished and beautifully produced slick package.
I was kind of hoping that the EP would go out with a bang but You Know Nothing goes completely the other way. Its slow piano intro sets the tone and for the most part the vocal does most of the heavy lifting, the track is very stripped back. I know I said I was hoping for that big finish but this still works, by going out in such contrasting fashion from which it started it feels like as the listener we’ve been on a journey. The track bursts into life for a flurry in the final third but it’s the majority which makes the impact. Piano, strings and a quite vulnerable and emotive vocal really hit you right between the eyes.
I Don’t Owe The World A Thing is an EP chock-full of a whole range of emotions combined with the elegant poise of a ballerina. There are no major weaknesses here, it flows incredibly well, all of the songs stand up on their own and there’s plenty of replay value. For a record in this style I really don’t know what more you could ask for. A few more smiles in future? I don’t know.
I Don’t Owe The World A Thing is simply fantastic.
I Don’t Owe The World A Thing is officially released on 5th February.