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Alex Z. Name: Preview to Paradise EP
Label: Atlantic
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Review written by: Hailey Sager
I can’t say enough good things about Cody Simpson’s Preview to Paradise EP. I’ve been a fan of Cody Simpson’s because he stays true to his age. These four tracks range from crushing on young love to only wanting to be a gentleman. Preview to Paradise does have its mature moments, with a verse from T-Pain and lyrics like, “All I want right now is to be close to you.”

Preview to Paradise’s first single, “Got Me Good,” was a great way to kick off the album and radio play. At nineteen years old, I still listen to Radio Disney, but I listen to hit stations as well. I love that I can hear this song on both stations. And when I do hear it, I roll my windows and dance like nobody’s watching.

“Wish You Were Here” is my favorite song off of this EP. It’s fun and catchy but also a perfect fit for the Australian singer, who has been spending a lot of time here in the United States. Becky G’s feature on the track stands out all on it’s own. This song sounds like a perfect mash-up between Big Time Rush’s “Music Sounds Better With U,” and Gym Class Hero’s featuring Neon Hitch’s “Ass Back Home.” I wonder if Big Time Rush and Cody Simpson will mash-up these songs when I see the Better With U tour in August?

“So Listen” stands out the most on the EP with the use of dub-step along with T-Pain’s rap. I don’t generally listen to dub-step, but the song has a very tasteful amount. I like that the track uses T-Pain’s signature microphone echo technique. I also like that it’s something different from the rest of the work Cody has done throughout his career.

This EP is definitely a preview of all of Cody’s talents by following up the club/dance party song with a slow acoustic romantic song, “Gentleman.” A few years ago we had Stevie Brock and Jesse McCartney filling in for the pop/acoustic teenage sound. I only hope that Cody Simpson not only follow in their footsteps, but surpass them, which I know he will. “Gentleman” definitely gives off that right pop/acoustic vibe.

I was privileged to have received this album before my two-hour flight with a new computer. I only had these four songs to listen to. The album played out eight times and instead of getting sick of these songs, I loved them more and more after every listen. If this is only a Preview to Paradise, then I can’t wait to see what the full length has in store to top this EP.
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