Today, Disney gal Debby Ryan and her band The Never Ending released their appropriately titled debut EP, One, and they did so independently.
I applaud The Never Ending for going at it alone, especially since it would have been easy enough for them to take their songs to Hollywood Records and push through to Radio Disney. With that said, I’m still not all that crazy about the EP; none of the songs truly jump out and grab me. They might have released the EP without any major label assistance but they don’t seem to use that freedom to their advantage. The songs feel confined and little but too radio friendly in some respects.
Of all the songs, “Call Me Up” deserves the most praise. The lyrics are a bit grittier (“I know you like ’em long and lean and on the edge of 17″) than the rest of the EP but her voice is lacking that grit. On this track, I don’t wanna hear a pretty and perfect voice, I want to hear her get all kinds of pissed off.
But I digress.
If you’re a Nick Santino fan, you’ll be excited to know that Nick actually co-wrote with The Never Ending for the EP. I can definitely tell that Nick had a hand in crafting some of these songs. I’m not sure exactly which tracks he contributed to, but if I had to guess I would say “Mullohand Drive” and “Before I Go Upstairs” as those songs feel the most Nick.
My final verdict: One with worthy of a listen, but I won’t be spinning it in my car this summer.