I first became aware of Margo Price when she performed on Later… with Jools Holland in 2016. I’m not really a huge fan of country music. It’s a genre I have tried to get into a couple of times but failed. However Margo Price’s combination of incredible music, songwriting and singer makes the genre a lot more appealing to me. And as a result, I absolutely love this EP.
Weakness is the opening track and features some great rockabilly guitar playing which, when mixed with country, sounds sublime here. The slide guitar and strings add to the overall Americana vibe and the result is a great EP opener, cemented around Price’s stunning vocals. This is the kind of music that will get me into country more, without a shadow of a doubt. At less than three minutes in length it’s kind of short but that only signals how much enjoyment I had when listening to the song. I wanted it to go on and on. Just Like Love comes next, oozing with mellow vibes. It’s absolutely gorgeous and doesn’t fully sound like a country song, but the rockabilly guitar riffs remain which add a beautiful flavour to the song.
- Just Like Love
- Paper Cowboy
- Good Luck (For Ben Eyestone)
Paper Cowboy is the third track and I actually heard it on the radio a few days ago, the end of the song at least. I loved it at first listen and made a mental note to listen to it again and the album it came from. Well, the album is this EP. The song starts of slowly but after 40 seconds the whole song is transformed with a large dose of rock, Americana and some roll. The way it changes the whole vibe of the song is incredible, cementing its status as the best track on the EP. There are some songs that hit you in all of the right places and that’s what Paper Cowboy does to me. The reverb drenched guitar paired with the rock steady rhythm section and Price’s vocals equals one hell of a song. At the 3:40 mark the solos stop but the music continues. Layers and layers of gorgeousness with a driving bass line that keeps the song going. The lap steel guitar is a highlight here but in fact it’s every single instrument together that makes this song so good. Every ingredient is crucial to the end result.
Good Luck (For Ben Eyestone) ends the four track EP. There isn’t a track here that slips up in anyway, each of them sets the bar high and we go out on a high here. More of a laid back track compared to Paper Cowboy, you get a real sense of how good a singer Margo Price is here. On each song you can hear something in her voice that is only present in that individual song, a unique characteristic. Weakness for example features a certain Americana twang in her voice that doesn’t feature in any other song, and her voice here shows that. It’s more relaxed, laid back, and natural, if that’s the right way to describe it. It’s superb.
Having listened to a few of Margo Price’s songs before today, most notably on the Jools Holland performance in 2016, this is the first time I’ve listened to a full release from start to finish. And it’s absolutely fantastic. She released her debut album last year which I haven’t listened to yet, but I’m going to have to. She is someone to keep an eye on in the music business going forward. Already a star, a definite superstar in years to come.