Jason Andrew Brown shows a lot of diversity in his first solo selfâ€“titled EP. With a mixture of pop, rock, country, and folk, some may think that Brown canâ€™t seem to stick to a genre, but somehow it works well; the collection of songs shows his decades of experience and passion rather than indecisiveness.
The EP starts off with â€œShine Sun Shine,â€ a feel-good song about relaxing in the sun, which makes you pine for a day just as described. The song starts off with a country sound and then segues into rock with its catchy hook, which for only a second, is a fond reminder of Smash Mouthâ€™s â€œIâ€™m a Believerâ€ but quickly proves its originality. The closing lyrics are â€œAnd if you feel it sing along,â€ as if Brown knows that whoever is listening will not be able to stop themselves from doing just that.
The second song on the EP, â€œStranger,â€ proves that Brown isnâ€™t afraid of digging deeper. In it, he looks back at his past and does not recognize himself. The track speaks of failed plans and feeling regret. He says â€œBut Iâ€™m feeling underestimated/ The longer that I remain unknown,â€ which perhaps speaks to the fact that Brown didnâ€™t pursue a solo career until now. The song has a pop/rock feel, with a blend of acoustic and electric guitar paired with Brownâ€™s soft vocals.
Brown mourns a friend who committed suicide in â€œEmptiness is Forever,â€ a raw, stripped tune with only acoustic guitar and echoey vocals similar to a Bob Dylan song. This enhances already meaningful lyrics like â€œEveryone you held you held together/ Until our pieces scattered in the winds.â€ Brown confesses that he wishes he could have helped his friend. He says, â€œI maybe could have saved your voice your laughter/ I maybe could have saved your wasted life.â€ He ends the song with the lyrics â€œEmptiness is Forever/ and itâ€™s a shame/ You didnâ€™t last that long.
â€œMake Timeâ€ is about exactly that; making time for things that are important in our fast-paced society. Brown rocks out in this song with lyrics like, â€œAnd if I got no time I make time/For anything worth living for.â€ This track is filled with electric guitar and a catchy backing vocal.
The final track on the EP, â€œIcarus (for the Falling Man)â€ Brown puts himself in the shoes of a man who jumped from a window of the World Trade Center on 9/11. He imagines the pandemonium and terror that the man must have felt in his final moments, with a strong acoustic guitar beat and powerful lyrics such as â€œThe windows on the world weep with debris/Two symbols of freedom burn in effigy.â€ This song is probably the best of all, and will tug at the heartstrings of anyone with a heart.
Overall, Jason Andrew Brown put out a well-rounded EP, with great lyrics, catchy melodies, and little to no help from background vocals, showcasing his true talent and musical knowledge.
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