She opens up with the already acclaimed Frank Ocean penned hit 'Thinking about Forever'. Now although the Frank Ocean version is floating about the internet, I much prefer the Bridget Kelly version, as it was written for her. But it's her rich warm tones over the lucid production that gets me every time, not to mention the cleverly written relatable lyrics. I'm positive some, if not all have sat there daydreaming of a love lasting forever and her ability to deliver such honest and pure emotion from the heart sounds almost dreamlike.
'Seek and Destroy' talking about a very assertive woman telling her man 'You better not f@#! this up/don't make my heart a seek and destroy'. Not one of my personal favourites as I'm just not a fan of anthem based/themed songs. But I can't fault the production on this one with the heavy drum patterns and guitar riffs and nevertheless she delivers a mature if not somewhat intimating vocal on this one.
It's the way Bridget rides the beat with such ease on 'Every Girl' the track boasting about a female wanting to locate and axe off every girl her lover has ever had until she's the only one left. Sounds a bit harsh for sure, I can't help but think that these guys might be speaking from experience. The track is laced with synths and catchy drum patterns all thanks to Syience on production and James Fauntleroy II providing the lyrics for this one.
'White Lies' has to be my ultimate favourite track on this EP; I've pulled this track up more times than I care to remember! Instantly you are drawn into the story of a woman on trial for 'accidently' killing her boyfriend and his lover whom she caught in bed together. Her vocal delivery accompanied a sombre piano suggests her innocence, taking us through the events, right up until the hook kicks in which is followed by a heavy guitar with the words 'White lies' repeating faintly in the background. You can't help but picture and play out the scene in your head, feeling like one of the jurors deciding her fate. She definitely needs a video for this one! This track stands out for me because its Bridget's vocal savvy conveying the heartfelt emotion the song required.
This brings us onto the alcohol fuelled love confessional 'In the Morning'. It's that song where you want to make that call to that certain guy but as she aptly puts its ''I waited 'til my pride passed out in front of me'' before actually making the call. But when she does she automatically denies it 'In the Morning'. Every thing from the way the track was arranged suggested to me that Ne-Yo was all over it. There is something special about Ne-Yo's song writing ability and it will continue to amaze me (I could talk about him all day if I could but I'll leave that for another post!), it's like he is always almost able to perfectly articulate what a female is thinking/feeling and put it in a song format. The unpretentious drum bass pattern heard throughout the track allows her to connect passionately with the track. The tune has a reflective feel about it. It's definitely one of those relatable tracks, whether you have contemplated drunk-calling someone or not.
Other cuts include the rock inspired guitar lead track 'My Heart' a sound that Bridget originally wanted to go with. Ester Dean uses the pen to perfection on this one capturing every emotion. It's hard, edgy and raw. 'Love you after all' is a rebellious sounding tune that continues on with the rock influenced sound laced with her powerful vocal prowess. Taking us out is piano led ballad 'Stranger to Love' I do love her stripped down vocals on this one, coupled with her raspy tone its simple, passionate and straight to the point.
You have to give it to Jay Z on this one because he definitely knows talent when he sees it and Bridget Kelly in my opinion is a rare gem. She sings from her soul with such raw emotion which is evident as no two tracks sound the same but yet it is still a cohesive piece of work. Her development and growth behind the scenes has definitely paid off and it is captured, packaged up and presented in the form of this EP. 'Every Girl' keeps it all the way 100% with you. It amplifies every emotion a woman has ever gone through or is going through and the funny thing is almost every song is written by a man, yet they are able to connect with a woman's perspective so well. If this EP is anything to go by (no pressure lol) then I can't wait for the album!
Street Sounds gives 'Every Girl'
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