Cassadee Pope – Summer EP

by Michael Rampa

cassadee-pope_summer-epCassadee Pope’s new release is officially called “Summer EP.” But upon a full listen, one wonders if the working title was “taking the road more Often Traveled” To say that the third season ”The Voice” winner played it safe is a bit of an understatement. She penned three of the songs, including the obvious title track and the autobiographical “Alien.” Elsewhere, the songs are about a summer fling, mean people and appreciating your loved ones.

Though usually a central theme in country music and especially summer releases, the effort is refreshingly devoid of drinking songs. One of Pope’s signatures is her supersonic vocals which are not featured here. Instead, she subtly delivers each song in a silky mezzo soprano.

The disc marks a full circle moment with producer Corey Crowder, who co-wrote her first No. 1 singl;e a duet with Chris Young, Think Of You.” Though in a four song EP there’s not much material to reflect upon she did say It was a preview of her upcoming album. Here’s hoping she digs a little deeper thematically because she’s certainly got the fun part of the season down pat. She will extend her run as a guest on Chris young’s  “I’m Comin’ Over” tour this fall.

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