EP of the Week: Bebe Rexha 'I Don't Wanna Grow Up'
Sun, 24 May 2015 13:21:54
Pop singer and songwriter makes big statement with debut EP.
Bebe Rexha takes EP of the Week with I Don't Wanna Grow Up [Warner Bros. Records]. This New York songstress has penned massive hits such as "The Monster" for Eminem and Rihanna and lent her big voice to guest spots on both David Guetta's "Yesterday" and Pitbull's "This Is Not A Drill." She also served as the frontwoman for Pete Wentz's highly underrated Black Cards, giving a theatrical swagger and reggae soul to the project. However, you'll get to really hear her for the very first time on I Don't Wanna Grow Up. It's as if the Bebe that was coyly hiding behind the surface of all those smashes finally gets to come out and play. That's what makes the five-song set so unabashedly fun yet starkly emotional.
On the EP's stand out "Pray," she sings to a lover, "The sun came up and I can't believe you're over me when I'm hung over." Her vocal range is downright impressive as she hits expansive runs and high notes, carrying these sorts of cleverly confessional lines. She's not afraid to give away the details either, which becomes a running motif on the single "I Can't Stop Drinking About You." Everything's a delicate balance of hypnotic honesty and heartfelt hookiness, separating her from the pack. She's never hiding behind metaphors or holding back—a rarity in 21st century pop. That's precisely why I Don't Wanna Grow Up feels so refreshing.
"I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" hits hard with a big refrain, while the title track is wonderfully wistful with the off-kilter production piping up at just the right times. "Sweet Beginnings" also lives up to its title, while illuminating another side of her all together.