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‘Chapter One: Blue’ revitalizes Bea Miller’s sound

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By Zoe Graves, Staff Reporter

A then 16-year-old Bea Miller gained an audience with her debut album, “Not an Apology,” in January of 2015. Since then, the only new music from Miller was a single released in July of 2016, leaving fans hungry for more. Now at 18, her newest extended play (EP), “Chapter One: Blue,” is exactly what fans needed to fill the void.

Miller made a name for herself with the upbeat pop sound featured on her freshman album which included tracks such as “Young Blood” and “Fire n Gold,” the latter of which went on to be certified Gold in the United States. The songs on her first album featured a cast of well known songwriters, such as Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte and Demi Lovato, with Miller herself only taking part in the writing of four out of eleven songs on the album. “Chapter One: Blue” takes a darker turn than Miller’s first album, particularly on the second track, “Burning Bridges.”

While talking with fans on Twitter and in a video on her YouTube channel, Miller said that “Chapter One: Blue” tells the story of realizing that a person in your life who you’ve known for a long time and care a lot about does more damage to your life than good. The sequence of the songs tells that story perfectly

“Song Like You” took the lead on the EP, it has already  been added to multiple playlists on Apple Music and Spotify. While it is the most upbeat track, it still has a heavier tone, the snapping in the background almost giving it an R&B vibe. Miller’s voice has a raw quality to it which she carries through the EP, giving off a sound similar to artists such as Alicia Keys.

“I Can’t Breathe” is a more contemporary song compared to “Song Like You” and “Burning Bridges.” The instrumental of piano and string instruments throughout the song makes it seem slower than it actually is, giving the song similar characteristics to that of Ruth B’s single “Lost Boy.” The repeated lyrics in the chorus, “I can’t breathe,” wrap up the story of the EP perfectly, and the lyrics themselves explain a feeling many people can relate to.

“Chapter One: Blue” is the first “chapter” or EP that Miller has released in the leadup to her sophomore album. Two more EPs are set to drop later in 2017. “Chapter Two: Red” and “Chapter Three: Yellow” are expected to be released sometime in May and August, respectively. Each song from the EP will also have a music video that accompanies it,  “Song Like You” will be the first to be released.

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