This review is way overdue, and I apologize for that. This EP was released earlier in the year, and I meant to write about it then. But life got in the way, and I never got around to it. Second chances are a great thing if you allow them to be. A few months back it was announced that Overgrow had signed to Common Ground Records and they were going to rerelease the EP. Yes!!!!! Redemption was here. However, life showed its head again, and I didn’t get it done when I wanted to. But I told myself I was going to write this review no matter what, so here I am on an overcast Sunday afternoon in December hours before I see Overgrow play his last show of 2018.
The first word that pops in my head when listening to this EP is emotion. One cannot, I repeat, cannot listen to this album and not feel something with every track. If you can, then you are not human because the feels that you are going to get when listening to this are real and maybe at that moment is what you needed. I know that is the case with me and few people I have talked to about this release.
The first track, “Ease” is easily my favorite. Why? Simple: I can relate, and it hits home instantly. I’m not one to talk about what’s going on with me; I just write about it. So when I hear a song that I relate to, I’m hooked. And Jake Ciccotelli does that for me. And this song is one of his best. From the subject matter to his vocal delivery, this is a standout track. It’s one of those songs that I put on repeat, and I just drift off to wherever my thoughts take me.
“At Least I’ll Try” is another standout track. Do you ever hear a song and think it was written just for you, or you hear a song for the first time at just the right time? This is one of those songs. There is a line that goes, “And I’m sorry, but I wish that I knew that I was good enough without some reassurance, without constant reassurance.” The first time I heard that I had to replay it, and then I thought about my life and how I go about things at times. We may not admit it or like to admit but we all seek validation from others. We all want to be good enough for someone in our lives. This song makes me want to be better in certain areas of my life because I know that I’m not.
“51” is one of the best songs you will hear this year. The emotion that Jake emits on this track is insane. I’m not going to say that I 100% feel and understand what he was feeling or going through when he wrote this song, but he does a good job of painting that picture, and I can’t help but tear up a little. And that’s one of his strong suits, the way he writes and delivers his songs is immaculate and you can’t help but get lost in his words and feelings.
I have talked to a few people about this release, and they all say it’s either their release of the year or one of their favorites. And they all mentioned it’s because of the emotions and the songwriting. So, if you are a fan of good songwriting and honest lyrics, you need to give this EP a listen. You will be a fan. I can honestly say that I have not heard a release this breathtaking in a long time.