Some of you may remember Connie Talbot as the sweet, wide-eyed six-year-old giving a rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ on Britain’s Got Talent. We’re all for a bit of Nostalgia here at THP, but we also know everyone has to grow up someday and Connie has certainly grown with grace. Now at 22, Connie is back and ready to take on the world with her new EP, Growing Pains.
Growing Pains is a 4 track EP that not only showcases the massive growth in Connie’s songwriting and vocal abilities, but also paints a vivid picture of the journey she’s taken to get to where she is today. The EP dropped on the 25th of August and from our many listens since, we can assure you that like Connie, this EP only gets better with time. We thought we’d take a look at Growing Pains track by track so we can properly celebrate Connie’s return!
‘Easier Pretending You’re Dead’
The first track of the EP is as striking as the cover art. We can only imagine how the subject of this song felt listening to it when the single first dropped. We’ve all been there once or twice when it’s easier to pretend they’re dead or the subject of some tragedy, especially when we’ve been wronged or as she sings has “acted ugly as hell.” It sounds like Connie got her own back with this a hauntingly melodic anthem. The song is beautifully crafted with a dynamic instrumental that showcases Connie’s vocals and stunning layered harmonies.
Connie uses the title track of the EP as a vessel to talk about the highs and lows of growing up. No matter how much you’ve matured, you’ll always have further to grow, and having grown up in the spotlight, Connie understands that more than most. ‘Growing Pains‘ feels optimistic and defiant, it’s a love letter to growth. We’d recommend adding this to your moving on playlist. Whether you’re going through a breakup, the end of a friendship or a troubled relation with a family member, the song is relatable and sure to help you pick yourself back up.
‘Just A Broken Heart’
It breaks our hearts thinking of Connie broken-hearted, but it’s really an inevitable right of passage in life. The third track on the EP is intense and emotional but ultimately reminds us that, given time, even the most devastating losses start to heal. It’s a message that we all need to be reminded of sometimes, so thanks for having our backs Connie.
Connie finishes the EP with ‘Roses.‘ It’s a beautiful and following a running theme here, a haunting number to draw the EP to a close. It’s left us wanting to know more about Connie’s newly crafted sound, and tbh we just want more music! The maturity, depth and emotion she’s poured into this EP is more than palpable and we cannot wait to follow this next step in Connie’s career.
I have always loved that music can make you feel something and for me music has always been a constant in my life that I can rely on. If one of these songs can help someone, I will be happy. The overall message that I would love people to take from this EP is that it’s okay to learn lessons from experience, it’s okay to feel those emotions intensely, lean into them and grow from them. That’s why we call them growing pains.
Connie Talbot on Growing Pains
We’ve had this EP stuck on repeat since it came out so we have to ask, what’s your favorite track? We can’t make our minds up but you should let us know your faves by dropping us a tweet @thehoneypop. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram if that’s your preferred platform!
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