EP Review: Cole Swindell – Down Home Sessions II

Every once and a while a songwriter and artist come along that changes the whole Nashville music scene. Such is the case with Bronwood, Georgia native Cole Swindell.

There is no doubt that God had a hand in every move Swindell made, from attending Georgia Southern University to selling merchandise for Luke Bryan, and then later on striking a Nashville publishing contract. Since then he’s become one of Nashville’s most well-crafted, and talented songwriters on his way to superstardom.

He’s already had three No. 1s off of his self-titled debut album, “Chillin It’,” which independent radio airplay and social media grabbed ahold of and quickly became a sensation, to “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” and the album’s third release, “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” which has quickly become something more than just a song about a break-up with a girl who ain’t worth wasting a bit of whiskey on. After all, it’s much more about getting over it by focusing on more important things like the military who fight for our freedom day in and day out.

His current single, “Let Me See Ya Girl,” is continuing to get radio airplay and we’re all hoping for another No. 1. Last year to keep up with his fanbase, which he calls his Down Home Crew he released a Down Home Sessions EP with five new tracks he wanted all of his fans to hear, and props to Swindell for doing it all to thank the fans for the support that they had given him over the course of 2014.

Swindell followed it up with a Winter Tour perfectly titled, The Down Home Tour, which was by far one of the best Winter tours last year. After all of the incredible things that happened to him in 2014, there is no doubt why he took home the 50th Annual ACM’s New Artist Of The Year award on April 19th. As his Down Home Crew continues to support Swindell by craving new music he doesn’t want to keep them waiting any longer. He’s decided to keep the fans happy and release a Down Home Sessions II EP, which is currently available for pre-order on iTunes which comes with two immediate downloads, “Should Have Ran After You,” and “Shuttin’ It Down,” before its release date of November 6th. This EP encompasses how far he has come over the past few years and showcases his growth in both songwriting and vocals.

The songs on the second EP are a mix of sexy, truthful and well-written lyrics. “Dangerous After Dark,” boasts that the girl of interest has him betting that she’s “got that side, that lil’ bit of wild nobody gets to see,” and he is going to find out by “throwing a little gas on the fire and you let it loose on me.” I mean who doesn’t have a little bit of wild they don’t always show, goodness…if that’s not a sexy song I don’t know what is.

Loving the lyrics in that song. “My First Radio,” is an anthem to music lovers everywhere because who doesn’t love to turn it up and shut the world out. It’s like music sets the mood and tone for moments when you want to “turn it up, burn it up under the moon,” until all track of time is lost with the one you’re with and it leaves you thinking, “Uh oh, where did the night go?,” but you don’t seem to care and neither do they.

“Should’ve Ran After You,” is for all of those who’ve ever let the pain and regret of letting that one run into “the arms of someone new,” and it feels like you are “ending up in hell with nobody to blame but yourself,” so you come to grips and realize how big of a mistake you made and therefore should have ran after them.

“Shuttin’ It Down,” is a party anthem for y’all who want to go out and have a good time after your pre-game party so you “throw on your hat, slip on your boots, we bout’ to slide outta here and check out this town,” and in the end you had an amazing time doing just what the song’s title implies.

“Blue Lights,” is the reality of walking in and seeing that person that makes you want to dash right out because the flash of “those blue eyes,” like “the flash of those blue lights,” there is something about seeing that certain someone that makes the whole room light up in awe of the way you’re feeling. It’s written all over your face and there’s no denying and hiding from the crime you’re guilty of, in this case the “crime” of love. So what it all comes down to is the idea of “pretending I don’t love ya,” pretty much gives your guilty self away.

This EP boasts the talent and skill Cole Swindell has and proves he’s a lyrical genius. But what brings it all together is that his whole career is purely intoxicating.  It makes you want to follow through the excitement of seeing each step of the road to superstardom. It’s because you can see he’s happy doing what he loves and never forgets to thank and appreciate those who got him to where he is today. That smile on his face proves he’s doing what he is passionate about and he’s amazed how far he’s come.

Pre-order Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions II at iTunes.

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Author: Kimberly

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