The Score – Eddie Anthony and Edan Dover – just released a new EP called Pressure, and while it has some good moments, it largely feels like the duo is following a formula with the new EP.
“Legend” was a breakthrough song for The Score so it would make sense for the duo to capitalize on that sound. That’s exactly what they did. “Dreamin’” (with blackbear) comes off immediately as a big arena song. After that, The Score doesn’t really let up with that big arena sound; “Stronger” fits in with the mold, so does “Under The Pressure”, “Born For This”, “The Fear”, and “Glory” – every single song sounds like a track you can play on an icing penalty. That’s cool for a lot of reasons, but it’s not something that you can listen to consistently no matter what mood you’re in. Contrast that with what The Score did on ATLAS and it’s not nearly as good. The band’s last record has a variety of songs and a variety of moods – it’s an album not an EP, but when you cut it in half there’s still more variety than there is on this EP.
Look, this EP is the same song six times. I can say that, but the same song they’re playing six times here is still damn good. A simple fix would have been to throw in an acoustic song or two and save one or two of these tracks for a single release or another EP later this year. That would have made more sense than releasing this many bangers. It’s different for a group with a limited sound, but The Score has too much talent to release this specific of a release.