The Story Of Her Life – Beth Noble’s new EP release, comes with two fresh singles and three equally vibrant tracks to even out what is an overall outstanding first effort by her. She went from dancing in her family’s restaurant in Texas, to ultimately pursuing her great-grandfather inspired ability to write and play music because he was a fiddle player that performed with such greats as Ray Price and others. The music is country based with some pop, gospel and even rock elements to it, which makes for a great combo of tunes that anyone can enjoy, also with lyrics anyone can relate to.
“All I Need” is about keeping that good spirit around and not allowing those negative vibes to bring a relationship down. It’s a matter of faith as far as she’s concerned and that’s written all over it in the lyrics. But it also relies on universal appeal, rather than merely preaching the good word. It’s a wholesome way to open the release and get the tempo established. It shows an ability to swing with whatever needed to instantly get the interest pumping and go from there. And it doesn’t end quickly as it plays in just the right timing to make way for the next track which is an automatic step in a different direction.
“God Has a Plan” is probably lyrically the most serious track of the five on offer. It’s just as playful though, so it finds middle ground without any fuss and bother. This is a great number in its own-right, with some well-played banjo to musically spice it up just right. It stacks up to anything here, but it comes off more lyrically direct, and that is where it might get a little heavy-handed for some, but it rates flawless with me. If you keep listening to this it will grow on you, so don’t dismiss it as containing anything less than the rest. If this track does one thing, it’s play consistently throughout to seamlessly blend in with the others.
The EP picks up on “The Story Of Her Life” which makes not only for a killer title track, it also gives her voice and lyrical prowess a chance to shine right in the middle of four other gems of the same caliber. This is about as good as it gets for any current female country artist to my ears which don’t travel in country circles as much as the next, and it still turned me onto more country. If that doesn’t say anything about this song, I’m not sure what can. It’s the absolute peaking point of the entire EP, and it manages to stay with you like it should. That is why it gets my pick for the best track by a small edge, but an edge is an edge.
If you’re not won over yet, “Stupid Girls” adds just the right energy to keep you on track, with its lyrically most comprehensive number. This is where Beth Noble’s voice gets undeniably awesome at keeping your ears busy with every nuance. It contains equal power as a single as the opening track and helps prove its place to be one on an EP that isn’t easy to do that with because they’re all made with hit singles quality. And that is a testament to her debut EP and all the songs on it. There is not a step lost in the closer “See Me” as it takes things out with a steady rocking pace and shows everything Beth Noble is working with, and that is a solid bunch of people and skills.