6 Songs, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her second solo EP, Julia Michaels dives further into the messy space between logic and love. As one of pop’s most sought-after songwriters (Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani are all clients), she’s well aware that she’s benefitted from her own personal pain. "Sometimes I think I kill relationships for art/I start up all this sh*t to watch them fall apart/I pay my bills with it,” she scream-sings on “Happy,” a raw, skewering song that’s also achingly sad. But Michaels is a master of contradictions, and it’s no accident that the moods of her songs tend to belie their subjects: an angsty flirtation (“Deep”), a driving breakup ballad (“Into You”), an eerily cheery confessional (“Anxiety” feat. Selena Gomez). By tangling clashing emotions together, she captures the profound thing that’s so perplexing about being in love: It’s complicated.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her second solo EP, Julia Michaels dives further into the messy space between logic and love. As one of pop’s most sought-after songwriters (Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani are all clients), she’s well aware that she’s benefitted from her own personal pain. "Sometimes I think I kill relationships for art/I start up all this sh*t to watch them fall apart/I pay my bills with it,” she scream-sings on “Happy,” a raw, skewering song that’s also achingly sad. But Michaels is a master of contradictions, and it’s no accident that the moods of her songs tend to belie their subjects: an angsty flirtation (“Deep”), a driving breakup ballad (“Into You”), an eerily cheery confessional (“Anxiety” feat. Selena Gomez). By tangling clashing emotions together, she captures the profound thing that’s so perplexing about being in love: It’s complicated.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
186 Ratings
186 Ratings
tucker0504 ,

Don't love it but still love her

I am a huge Julia fan but not a big fan of this EP. She's a brilliant songwriter but i'm not connecting with this at all. Maybe I'll give it another chance.

TrashPanda 2099 ,

Solid

Not super catchy, but the lyrics are amazing! So relatable!

Anonymous 408 ,

Amazing and important

Lyrics go perfectly with the music. Great job from both .

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