7 Songs, 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2013’s Utopia, Estonian pop star Kerli, now signed to Island Def Jam, gets groomed for international superstardom. Painstaking production was applied to this EP; it took nearly five years for Svante Halldin, Jakob Hazell, and David Taylor to complete mixing these songs. “Can't Control the Kids” opens, blending elements of house and electronic dance into a vast dubstep soundscape. Kerli’s commanding vocals soulfully soar over this as she champions the power and creativity that today's young people have with the technology at their fingertips. On a track laced with melodic hooks, she calls for modern youth to keep creating and sharing with the world. The following single “The Lucky Ones” is another dance-floor delicacy that’s less energetic but overflowing with a heartfelt and triumphant sentiment; Kerli muses on the strength of a friend who got a second chance at life after a cancer scare. That song's prominent piano seeps into the next track, “Love Me or Leave Me.” As the EP’s sole piano ballad, it’s a nice chaser from the two preceding party tracks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2013’s Utopia, Estonian pop star Kerli, now signed to Island Def Jam, gets groomed for international superstardom. Painstaking production was applied to this EP; it took nearly five years for Svante Halldin, Jakob Hazell, and David Taylor to complete mixing these songs. “Can't Control the Kids” opens, blending elements of house and electronic dance into a vast dubstep soundscape. Kerli’s commanding vocals soulfully soar over this as she champions the power and creativity that today's young people have with the technology at their fingertips. On a track laced with melodic hooks, she calls for modern youth to keep creating and sharing with the world. The following single “The Lucky Ones” is another dance-floor delicacy that’s less energetic but overflowing with a heartfelt and triumphant sentiment; Kerli muses on the strength of a friend who got a second chance at life after a cancer scare. That song's prominent piano seeps into the next track, “Love Me or Leave Me.” As the EP’s sole piano ballad, it’s a nice chaser from the two preceding party tracks.

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