Avery Anna: ‘Mood Swings’ – EP Review
Avery Anna’s EP, Mood Swings, is out now, October 7th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project below and check out our full review.
With over 27.5 million likes and 1.5 million followers on TikTok, Avery Anna has made quite the name for herself. She’s opened for Josh Turner, Martina McBride, Parmalee, and even scored a viral Kelly Clarkson #Kellyoke cover of her song “Narcissist” on the superstar’s television show.
Today, the Flagstaff, Arizona native releases her debut EP with Warner Music Nashville, Mood Swings. Produced by David Fanning, each song on the seven-track project was co-written by Anna, invoking hints of Taylor Swift, Lucie Silvas, Kelsea Ballerini, and Ingrid Andress.
“Mood Swings is made up of songs that are inspired by moments in my own life where I have felt either really happy, really in love, really confused, or even really sad,” revealed the rising star. “These songs come straight from the heart, so I am so excited for you to hear them!”
“I’m seventeen years old // My socks don’t match // Any other clothes I wear // When I get stressed I wanna dye my hair // Say ‘yes’ when I mean ‘no’ // Sometimes I think my Arizona license plate // Is my best personality trait,” Anna begins on the EP’s opening track “la di da,” introducing herself to listeners as an unapologetically honest ingenue.
This trend weaves its way through the EP, the honest vulnerability in each song is sure to endear Anna to her ever-growing fanbase. There’s the empowering first single, “Narcissist,” a piano-driven ballad that’s cleverly directed at an ex who can’t quite get over himself.
“’Cause you say that I’m crazy // You say that you’re sorry // Won’t happen again // You say I’m dramatic // I’m overreacting // And maybe I am // And I know you’ll get over me // But can you get over yourself? // Before you go and love somebody else // You should probably get some help.”
While it’s “Narcissist” that caused Anna to truly break out beyond TikTok, the EP continues to show a depth rarely seen on debut projects. On the stunning, “what made you think?,” which she co-wrote with Andy Sheridan and Seth Ennis, she finds herself caught up with an ex who can’t help but to overstep his boundaries. “What made you think I should care what made you think of me?” She asks with a wisdom way beyond her 17 years.
“biggest t-shirt” is a song for every person, a heart-wrenching letter to Anna’s insecurities, hidden beneath an oversized shirt. “She knows she’s beautiful,” She sings, voice breaking. “But she thinks the mirror lies, but she keeps it all inside.” Meanwhile, “Critic” finds her dealing with a naysayer, who can’t help but put her down. “I thought I was my own worst critic,” she muses on the lush ballad. “But it’s you.”
Meanwhile, “lovesick” finds her in the throes of new love, while “Good Days” is a sunny and earwormy bop. Things are looking bright for Anna on the EP’s final track, declaring that nothing is going to bring her down, as “let them say what they say, ain’t nobody throwing shade on my good day.”
While Avery Anna may have begun her career singing covers in the bathtub, her new EP, Mood Swings, is certain to take her from the bathroom to the big stage in no time
Avery Anna – Mood Swings EP Tracklist:
- La Di Da (Avery Anna / Ben Williams / Steven McMorran / Andy Sheridan)
- Narcissist (Avery Anna / David Fanning / Ben Williams / Andy Sheridan)
- What Made You Think? (Avery Anna / Andy Sheridan / Seth Ennis)
- Lovesick (Avery Anna / Sasha Sloan / Jesse Frasure)
- Biggest T-Shirt (Avery Anna / Colin Healy / Lori McKenna / Chris McKenna)
- Critic (Avery Anna / Ben Williams / Ava Suppelsa)
- Good Day (Avery Anna / David Fanning / Matt Thomas / Andy Sheridan)
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Avery Anna made her Opry debut on September 30, and will be hitting the stage at New York City’s Mercury Lounge on December 8 in support of Spencer Crandall.
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