Darian Reneé: Only The Beginning review

By on December 5, 2012

What I enjoy most about younger artists is how raw their music is. You can still hear the small cracks and nuances in the way they play and sing. The dichotomy between their strengths and weaknesses is more of a valley than a small divot, and you can see the potential in the music because of it. 

Some of the high points on the album include the third track, “Hang Up,” which is the strongest and catchiest song of the four. It’s instantly singable and boasts one of the best vocal performances on the EP, although the closing “Gotta Be You” is a very close second. The opening “It’s Not Me (It’s You)” took a few plays to grow on me. The lyrics are a bit pedestrian at times but it’s got a smooth hook and some great harmonies so it’s an easy thing to ignore.

My only real complaint is that the EP plays a little too slow. Out of four tracks you’ve got a piano laden ballad in “Darling” and a mellow closer. The only glimmer of energy comes in the opener – then it’s calm sailing from there. I just wish there was one more uptempo track to balance it all out. Luckily, the slower songs are well done. They’re worth a listen. You can check out the EP here:

RIYL: Dia Frampton, an earlier Taylor Swift

Track Listing:

1. It’s Not Me (It’s You)
2. Darling
3. Hung Up
4. Gotta Be You
Review by Alisha Kirby – HHM

Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.