Jesse McCartney, Aaron Carter, and Big Time Rush: What do these three acts have to do with The Ready Set? Their catchy songs clearly made for the young-at-heart (or just literally young) girls, their usage of the miracle invention “auto-tune,” and the cute lyrics? Possibly. Probably. Nonetheless, those comparisons were the first thing that came to mind while listening to the Feel Good Now EP.
But, since first impressions are almost always wrong, I kept listening. Not that hearing something upbeat like BTR would be a bad thing, anyway. And Aaron Carter? Come on, you know you were a fan at some point. With The Ready Set’s past albums, specifically I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming, there seems to be more of an alternative pop feel; a sound that perhaps was not completely accepted on popular radio stations, or the (for lack of better terminology) “mainstream” (I know, I know – it’s a soiled word) music scene. In the Feel Good Now EP, however, slight changes are made that make it more commercial.
Third track “Back to Back” is a perfect example. This song just sounds like it belongs on the radio- catchy chorus, key changes and hand claps. But while this EP is more radio-friendly, it is still TRS-signature. For example: the lyrics. Like I said before, cutesy lyrics are what Jordan Witzigreuter is all about, and this stays constant throughout everything in this new release. The keyboard usage is also still remains a dominance of the songs.
The Feel Good Now EP is Jesse McCartney with a smaller ego, Aaron Carter with a less flashy lifestyle/reality television flop, and Big Time Rush without dance moves or a falsely-advertised extravagant lifestyle. But most importantly, it is still the same ole Ready Set you’re used to hearing.