I mean… just with “Uh Huh” and the lead single from the EP “Issues,” the current best-selling song by a new artist released in 2017, alone it holds up. But just to add to my case… elsewhere, Michaels demonstrates both vocal and musical versatility, including on “Worst In Me,” where she sings about a relationship falling apart because she’s afraid of things getting to good – relationship sabotage. The song is beautifully heartbreaking and easily one of the most sophisticated moments on Nervous System – a stuttering moment of intimate, electro beats, haunting strings and piano chords that follow Julia as she comes to terms with her inner demons.
“Make It Up To You,” the EP’s most instantly addictive cut, is a cartoon-ish explosion of catchy, chanty melodies and hi-octane bright pop beats courtesy of Mattman & Robin, who produced a majority of Nervous System. “Let me make it up, make it up, make it up, make it up to you/ However, whenever, whatever you want me to…,” Julia merrily offers as the song’s infectious electronica, vocal-loops and driving synth pulse come flying in from every direction, blending in effortlessly with Julia‘s hazy stuttered vocals.
There’s also the utterly fantastic, urgent breakup anthem “Just Do It” and “Pink,” another personal favorite, as the cheeky side of Julia‘s personality comes pouring out above punchy stabs of guitar and a wicked electro-pop pulse. “There’s no innuendos, it’s exactly what you think/ Believe me when I tell you that he loves the color pink/ pink…” she sarcastically whispers ahead of a crashing post-chorus drop.
Lastly “Don’t Wanna Think” sees the songstress ditching the glitchy high-gloss beats in favor of a lingering piano melody and earnest, singer-songwriter crooning. The result is something of a cross between Adele and P!nk (kind of), as Julia bares her (very young) soul atop a much more raw, organic production. “Well, I don’t wanna think about you right now/ Don’t wanna think about you right now/ ‘Cause if I did, it would be damn bad/ And I’d show up at your house/ I was screaming at your door/ saying ‘what the fuck is wrong with you?’,” Julia tenderly croons.
Clocking in at just over twenty minutes. Julia Michaels‘ mini-album perfectly showcases her effortless ability to write a killer pop tune over and over; it’s personal, intimate and endlessly relatable, yet riddled with a sense of confidence and wit that surrounds the singer, who has without a doubt earned her title as of one today’s leading pop chicks with that undeniable “it” factor. Enough talking though, get listening!
Nervous System by Julia Michaels is also available on Apple Music!