Ex-Automatic Loveletter front-woman Juliet Simms has been keeping herself pretty low-key since her stint on the second season of NBC’s The Voice, apart from her underrated 2012 single “Wild Child”. Well, the wait is over for some new Juliet Simms music because she finally released her solo debut EP All Or Nothing and it absolutely reminds us that great music should never ever be rushed regardless if you were on a reality singing competition show.
The six track EP is an eclectic blend of sass and attention-commanding lyrics while ultimately showcasing Simms impressive vocal range. Starting off with the energetic, Jet‘s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?”-esque title track, Simms proves that she can create powerful-yet-radio-friendly anthems that lack in today’s popular music. She follows the trend with the heavy guitar and drum riddled rocker chick theme song “Mystified” and slightly slower paced ending track “Before It Rains”, in which she discusses that no matter how much time passes, sometimes you can’t outrun the rain and the relationship just needs to wash away for the best of both parties.
Simms also reveals her vulnerable side in the other half of the All Or Nothing, where each track falls into the dream-like ballad category that we saw while she competed on The Voice. The obvious funk and soul influences of “Evangeline” is a perfect example of her competitor days, but its storytelling vibe and incorporation of her signature growls bring us to who she is in the present moment. “End Of The World” is an extremely piano heavy and emotion-driven breakup track with lines like “I know that life will go on/I will survive/but for tonight/I swear on my life/this is the end of the world” that relate to all of us who fight to put on our strong face when all we want to do is cry. Finally, Simms gets romantic with her elegant and light-hearted duet with Black Veil Brides‘ Andy Biersack “Not Broken Yet” (which has some similar qualities to her duet on All Time Low‘s “Remembering Sunday”).
Juliet Simms’ solo debut certainly showcases her wicked vocal range that got her far on The Voice, and it’s a shame it took a few years for All Or Nothing to be released. However, this hidden gem is refreshing and was released at the perfect time for her to gain buzz on her own. Each track has strong radio airplay potential and it’s great material for her to bring to the Van’s Warped Tour this year. Well, hello Juliet Simms! We’ve missed you!