Originally from Alberta, Canada, Mandy McMillan is a Nashville based singer/songwriter who recently released her self-titled debut EP. The songs on the five track record deal with love, loss and taking chances and are delivered by a voice that effortlessly expresses them all.
The EP starts off with “Good Girls Don’t Kiss In Bars.” With its scaled down introduction one initially thinks it’s a ballad, but then the songs kicks into an up tempo fun, humorous country song with a catchy toe tappin’ melody. McMillan sings sweetly about being a good girl: “You can take me to a movie/Maybe buy me dinner/Boy I ain’t no saint/But mama didn’t raise no sinner/If you ask me for my number/You can walk me to my car/But good girls don’t kiss in bars.” But the boys needn’t worry as she later fills them in on where it is appropriate for good girls to kiss. Delightful tune.
The mid-tempo love song “Linger” is about wanting that moment to last, maybe not forever, but definitely a little bit longer. “Call My Name,” another love song, is a beautiful ballad about fondly remembering a young love. “We were young and went our separate ways/But I’d give anything to hear the words you used to say.”
Many people don’t take chances in love anymore out of a fear of the unknown and getting hurt. The easy cadence of “Geronimo” sends the message that we shouldn’t let those fears hold us back; open your heart and take a chance because if you don’t you’ll never know….and you might be pleasantly surprised. “I wanna dive right in/Sink or swim I gotta know/I’d rather die than live with more what ifs ready set go there’s a chance this might get messy but I’m ready to love you if you let me.”
The EP closes with the rocking anthem “Dust” about the demise of a relationship as a result of being wronged by the other person. Initially, she wants to seek revenge but then decides this new freedom is a wake-up call. She’s “gonna cut and run with the setting sun and leave you in the dust” instead of spending her “life just spinning my wheels, wondering why I hate and how I feel…..gotta face reality.” Take note ladies.
McMillan is a welcome addition to the roster of up and coming female artists in country music. Don’t “linger” when deciding whether you should give this EP a listen and purchase.