UH alumna flexes vocal abilities in ‘The Only One’
“The Only One” EP from UH alumna Iva Dawn delivers a soothing bluesy sound that remains enjoyable until you listen to more than one song.
Though Dawn’s vocal potential is evident in each of the songs, the lack of distinct melodies with each track take away from the extended play’s memorability. As a new artist, Dawn has a lot of growing to do.
“The Only One” doesn’t stand out from the other songs, and though it is a well-written and produced song, Dawn’s talents aren’t on display here.
“Officer” gives Dawn a little more room to play, and she gives listeners a taste of her grasp on song structure with minimal guitar chords and electronic percussion. Since Dawn wrote, arranged and performed all of the instruments in “Officer,” it showcases her ability to control her sound on every level.
“Peter” tosses in some more variety, though the build-up toward the middle of the song falls back into a dreamy conclusion. This might be a part of the teasing theme of the song. Aside from “Officer,” “Peter” is the best “The Only One” EP has to offer.
The songs don’t vary individually, but on their own, each is enjoyable in its own right.