But looking ahead, there’s a sense of renewal on album opener “Waking Up Again.” It’s a comforting charm of a track, so hopeful and sweet that it just radiates in your bones and warms you from the inside out. Hearn’s vocals layer in melodious harmonies and the twinkling xylophone sounds like beginning of spring raindrops tapping your head and slowly soaking into the roots of your hair.
There are going to be obvious comparisons to Taylor Swift, especially where Hearn navigates the realms of pop and country so easily and Swift crossed over in a snap. There’s also the matter of indie influence, where Swift makes tour mates out of HAIM and Vance Joy and has a Polaroid as an album cover, but her production values don’t reflect that sound. However, Emily Hearn has a stronger voice and comparatively pared-down production—there’s synth and live instruments together, not the over-stimulating Max Martin stuff. “Can’t Help Myself” is unapologetically sugar sweet and effusive in its pop sensibilities. “Save Me” is adorable as a kicky throwback to 50’s girl group tracks. “Thank God You’re Holding Me” is destined to be a wedding dance favorite.