Edens Edge EP (EP)
by Edens Edge
Released: May 2011
Label: Big Machine Records, LLC
This Arkansas trio mixes gorgeous harmonies with a plucking mandolin and Dobro guitar to deliver a handful of songs about small-town life on its debut EP. "Amen" encapsulates the gossiping nature of a small town perfectly, with "amens" and "halleujahs" sung when the preacher's son and the farmer's daughter finally become a couple. The empowering "Swinging Door" is about standing up for oneself in a relationship; the song swings effortlessly, building to an anthemic chorus that ends with the emphatic "I ain't your swinging door." The highlight here is the a cappella "Christ Alone."