Whether it’s with a funky bass line, or a soulful blues riff, Cat Dail’s Fight For Love is empowering, somber, spiteful, and loving, all at the same time. Exploring themes of love and loss, as well as perseverance and individuality, the seven-track EP takes you on a half hour long journey through Dail’s deepest, and most powerful emotions.
Starting off with a powerful “blues-y” track about the unbreakable, and loving bond between her and her partner. Can’t Buy Love is definitely one of the stronger songs on the album. Starting with Dail’s ethereal voice backed by a foot-tapping drumline, it brings in the guitar and bass to fill out the sound. It’s soft and understated, yet the message is a powerful one, telling the listener that love can’t be bought, but true love is unbreakable.
In stark contrast with “Can’t Buy Love” the second track on the EP, “Player” is angry, evoking similar emotions to “When He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood, albeit with Cat’s funky feel. The song tells the tale of an encounter between Cat and a fly-by-night type of guy, who is only around when he wants to get laid and is emotionally unavailable. The lyrics then take a self-assuring turn, saying that she is the player in her world and that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
“Me and the man of steel could spend hours, sitting around comparing our powers, flying around through meteor showers, then we go do some good.” This quote from Wonder Love, the fourth song on the album, almost perfectly sums up one of themes of the album. It’s catchy, it’s upbeat, and the lyrics pull no punches when getting the message across. She doesn’t need to be saved, she’s no pushover, and she is definitely no damsel in distress. But together, her and her lover are stronger than any force in the world. The guitar sounds straight out of a classic rock album, and the memorable chorus makes this song stand out as one of the best offerings of the EP.
She Can Fly is another song on the album with themes about empowerment, but to contrast also has a somber aspect to it. The verses are melancholy, talking about things like being a widow, or financial struggles, while the chorus comes back the idea of living your best life, and “rising up to love.” The duality of the song makes for an interesting listen, making you think about growing old and living each day to the fullest.
Overall, Cat Dail’s EP, “Fight For Love” details the life she lives, and the love she has in it. It takes you through the ups and downs of her romantic relationships but reminds you that she is an individual as well. Cat’s voice is soft, but her message is heard loud and clear. Thanks to some wonderful instrumentals, and Dail’s funky, folky, bluesy flavor, “Fight For Love” is a great EP that is inspiring, humbling, thought-provoking, and heart-wrenching, all at the same time. Jumping from one genre to another, the unique sound of Cat Dail makes this EP one worth checking out.