As the first artist signed to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine‘s label 222 Records, Rozzi Crane had a lot to prove in her debut EP Space. She gave us a little preview through being featured on Maroon 5’s contribution to the soundtrack for The Hunger Games, “Come Away To The Water,” and she’s not only toured with the band but has also opened for artists like Gavin DeGraw and Parachute. It’s finally her turn to shine and she certainly did that in Space.
The EP begins with the radio friendly, pure pop track “Psycho.” It has all the makings of a breakout single with similarities to the likes of Jessie J, Tove Lo, and even Amy Winehouse. It oozes sass with its empowering theme of not giving into what society says you should be. The same goes for “Crazy Ass Bitch.” It’s uber catchy and has strong potential to be a popular club hit if it ever gets remixed (and even if it doesn’t). Crane plays with the term ‘overly attached girlfriend’ and turns it around to expose when a guy portrays the same actions. Both tracks deserve the recognition and embody a strong female persona in music.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Crane lets out her honest and emotional side in “Painkiller” and “Half The Man”. The former is a dark and lullaby-esque ballad that puts her in the position to want to help her loved one (mainly for romantic partners but can also work for platonic relationships) push past the hurt that has been dealt upon them. The addition of Adam Levine’s haunting and distorted vocals whispering “she’s my painkiller” bring a more real aspect to the song and he thankfully doesn’t end up outshining Crane. “Half The Man” is also a ballad, but with somewhat bluesy and speakeasy characteristics; the piano-heavy track reveals how Crane longs for a man to keep their word when promising to care for her deeply and to not run away when feelings start getting involved. She showcases her artistically soulful vocals with an ease which rivals that of Jennifer Hudson and almost makes the listener open up their eyes to what they should be looking for in a romantic relationship.
Rozzi Crane’s Space is definitely a solid debut effort and each song truly showcases her versatility. Not only can she be sassy and powerful (“Psycho” and “Crazy Ass Bitch”), but she can show off her soulful and passionate side as well (“Painkiller” and “Half The Man”). Crane absolutely deserves radio airplay and tv/film placement and I’m interested to see what a full length album would sound like.