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REVIEW: Janet Devlin Releases The Sensational New EP ‘It’s Not That Deep’!

Singer-songwriter Janet Devlin has released the highly anticipated EP ‘It’s Not That Deep’ that features a collection of songs (covers & originals) that articulate positivity & illustrate Janet’s personal & artistic growth

After she poured her heart out on 2020’s Confessional, Janet describes the EP as a “welcome break” to the deepness she previously explored. This is evident in the title, which came about by accident: “I was explaining my ideas and I just kept saying “it’s not that deep” so naturally, that became the name, and quite honestly the phrase has made its way into my daily life now!”

“I put together the tracklist in under five minutes, as I already knew I wanted to include some of my favourite covers and luckily had the opportunity to test the water with them at my online shows. But I always had a bee in my bonnet about recording up my original track ‘Place Called Home’ which even had a bonus ‘country’ remix thrown in for good measure! After the response ‘Otherside’ received night after night on tour I had to include that, or I’d not have heard the end of it!”

It’s Not That Deep exists as a reflection of Janet’s career thus far, including a nostalgic rendition of her X-Factor debut with ‘Your Song’. In the updated cover of Elton John’s classic, Janet’s distinctive voice is as moving as it was a decade ago, demonstrating her skill in renewing songs through her own unique style. Originals ‘Place Called Home’ and ‘Otherside’ give an insight into her current mindset of reflection and optimism.

‘Otherside’ is a message of encouragement for those facing personal challenges – especially given the current climate. Janet reflects on the song: “For me, it feels positive and reflective and I hope that people can relate to it on some level, whether it’s struggling with mental health, relationships or even the global pyjama party – we will come out the other side.”

“When you’re trapped in the grey cloud it’s very easy to get lost in it, so I wanted to write an anthem to help pull myself and hopefully others out of trying times. I’m really proud of what I’ve come through and I want to encourage people to dig in when times are tough, and try to spread a bit of optimism. Which we could all do with right now! I wrote the song in 2019, road-tested it at a few shows then with the full band on my tour this year and it ended up being a firm fan favourite! I was really happy to record this with my bandmates – I just adore the guitar riff on the track.”

Throughout this EP, Janet delivers a host of empowering & emotionally moving performances that showcases the dynamic depth of Janet’s passionately transpiring vocals & highlight the artistically visionary energy this gifted artist possesses.

Each song guides you through a thrilling musical journey that’s full of passion-driven elements that Janet expresses through a host of extraordinary attention-grabbing vocal arrays.

Overall, I believe this EP is full of overwhelming artistic vision that emphasises Janet’s distinctively remarkable talent. I can honestly see this EP creating some monumental waves amongst the music scene in the foreseeable future.

You can check out the full EP on Spotify below or via Apple music here.

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