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Morgan Wade 'Acoustic Sessions' EP Review

After making a stunning debut with Reckless and touring with Luke Combs and Chris Stapleton, quickly rising country music newcomer Morgan Wade is pleasing audiences with the release of her project titled, Acoustic Sessions: a five-song EP that reimagines known tracks while introducing new ones. While tackling a new style, Wade proves she can get more emotional and bare with just her vocals, guitar, and unshakeable storytelling.

“Kelley’s Drive,” a new track featured on the EP, has emotional, deeply specific lyrics taking listeners into a whirlwind of special memories. Despite the simple chord progression, what shines here the most is Wade’s visceral songwriting; she is yearning for past times and a relationship that didn’t end with closure. Towards the end of the song, in the last mounting chorus, Wade’s voice goes up in pitch as she yells out, “My last moment / Break down and cry / And I know you say that / We are friends / But it does not feel like we made amends.” There are a few more lines before the piercing moment when she exclaims through heartwrenching vocals, “I’ll always have a place for you / Yeah I’ll always be in love with you.”

Entry number two, “Last Cigarette,” one of the highlights from Wade’s debut LP Reckless is presented alongside a stripped-down instrumental with soft percussion and a candid vocal display. The other familiar song is the catchy lead single “Wilder Days.” While the original feels fleeting and fast-paced, the fresh version is rustic and bittersweet; it has an added tick of emotional flare as she sings about wanting to know someone during a different time of their life.