Breakout singer/songwriter Julia Michaels, who’s co-penned everything from Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” to Selena Gomez’s “Good For You,” released today her debut mini-album, Nervous System.
An emotional seven-track effort, Michaels’ introspective project led with the orchestral pop single, “Issues,” and followed with her more gritty guitar-driven “Uh Huh,” which she performed last night on James Cordens’ Late Late Show.
The mini-album is among 2017’s strongest releases, and sees Michaels flaunting her keen ability to process complex emotions through relatable pop lyrics—a skill that’s so effective, it makes listening an emotional, at times painful, whirlwind.
On “Worst In Me,” she openly admits her faults—”Maybe it’s the worst in me, that’s bringing out the worst in you”—and on “Make It Up To You” promises to right her wrongs. “Just Do It” is perhaps Nervous System‘s most radio-friendly bop, whereas “Pink” highlights her inner provocateur: “Believe me when I tell you that he loves the color pink,” she flirts.
Mini-album closer, “Don’t Wanna Think,” is where Michaels’ untouchable storytelling unleashes, as she approaches the forlorn piano ballad with brutal honesty that shatters the third wall. “I’m not really one for drinking songs,” she admits. “But I guess that I should probably write one because I’m feeling pretty lonely. It’s the only thing that holds me, right now.”
Listen to Julia Michaels’ Nervous System, below.