From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Cady Groves “This Little Girl” EP (RCA Records)
Oklahoma-bred Cady Groves is putting the pop music world on notice: She has too much attitude to be messed with and an abundance of talent that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Groves, 22, who grew up in Marlow, Cache and Yukon before relocating to Los Angeles, makes her major-label debut with “This Little Girl,” a four-song EP meant to preview a planned full-length album due out later this year.
The singer-songwriter initially built a loyal fan base showcasing her music on MySpace. Those efforts led her to self-release two EPs, 2009’s “A Month Of Sundays” and 2010’s “The Life Of A Pirate,” which in turn helped her land a record deal with RCA.
She may look young and pretty, but the new EP’s title track reinforces the reputation she has built on her popular Twitter feed as a fierce, say-anything woman. Groves not only co-wrote the revenge epic with Tom Meredith and Sean Douglas, she absolutely makes you believe she is capable of cold-bloodedly gunning down any cheater stupid enough to cross her. Swedish producer Kristian Lundin matches the murderous lyrics with an irresistibly catchy groove that merges driving rock drums and pulsing pop synthesizers.
Groves penned the dance-worthy anthem “We’re the Sh!t,” a defiant, girl-power fist-pumper, with Lundin and fellow Swede Carl Falk.
With “Ugly,” she channels Taylor Swift’s gift for skewering a manipulative pretty boy but sets it to a frantic pop-rock beat. Again, Groves co-wrote the track with Lundin as well as former ‘N Sync vocalist Joshua “JC” Chasez.
The EP closes with Groves’ rendition of Adele’s Grammy-winning heartbreaker “Someone Like You.” Her vocals may not have the depth and maturity of the British songstress, but the impressive cover gives Groves the chance to show off her range and interpretative skills.
Clocking in at just 12 minutes, Groves’ EP leaves an impression and listeners wanting more.