Stephanie Rose’s second EP release Sprout builds on the success of her first studio release Go Where the Wind Takes You without ever risking repetition. Much of this is attributable to her innate maturity – the six songs included on Sprout amply demonstrate how Rose
The remarkable thing about that final point is how, despite exhibiting such individuality at an early age, Rose nevertheless writes accessible songs built and composed in such a way widespread audience satisfaction is all but inevitable. Production duties are helmed by the team of
Stephanie Rose sounds like someone angling to break new ground with the first song “Sprout”. It’s may read like an overstatement, but it isn’t to say there isn’t a note, musical turn, or word out of place in this song and it’s clear why Rose opted to lead things off with this tune. She has a knowing tone as a songwriter that’s drawn attention and attentive listeners will understand why; she gets to the point of things with a personal twist and isn’t self-indulgent. She’s obviously working with some first-class talent on this, but her conception of the music carries the same commitment to keeping things on track and not wasting listener’s time.
The same first-class musical talent makes its presence felt on the second song “Rusted Love” turning their hands towards a muscular rock-oriented arrangement that, nevertheless, manages to retain some hold on her country focus. She shows off more than enough vocal oomph to keep up with the song’s rockier passages.
It isn’t a stretch to say “Luxury” will be a highlight for many listeners. The melodic fiddle accompaniment is definitely one of the song’s standout points and it works as a kind of counterpoint for Rose’s singing. She deserves major props for such a realistic depiction of a family struggling to make ends meet while still hanging together and the success of the lyric, in a lot of ways hangs on the details she includes. This isn’t a gloss job as a songwriter and that’s a quality the EP shares on the whole. She moves away from the ballad style of this song with “Old Soul” by redirecting her musical energies along an acoustic path and the change is another sign that Stephanie Rose is comfortable with any kind of material. The steady shuffle tempo pushing this cut forward elicits an emotional, but highly musical vocal performance.
“Crushed” exerts some outright rock
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