Tauren Wells is back with a new EP, Take It All Back, via Capitol Records. The ten-time Grammy Award nominee kept it concise with this release, composed of four tracks. However brief, each track is packed full of punches, toying with new versions of old songs and putting his freshest material in the spotlight. The EP’s collaborations enrich the project, a clear product of connective creativity at work.
The EP opens with the powerful title track “Take It All Back.” In collaboration with We The Kingdom and Davies, Wells sings with a strong sense of unity, of shedding what does not serve them and growing together. The track is driven by intentional vocals, drums, and keys. Once the beat drops, a swinging acoustic guitar enters the mix, calling back to classic Christian folk sounds. The R&B style of the verses blends flawlessly with those instrumentals, composing a dynamic beginning to the EP.
“I feel called to call greatness out of people,”
“Breath Away,” with Fred Hammond, is a high-energy, loving song, twisting like a well-spun record. Both vocalists tap into emotional and physical depth. The open effect is encouraged by the drumset, easy-going in the chorus before picking up in the bridge. Up next is “Seen,” a gentle collaboration with Katie Torwalt that contemplates unconditional love. Their verses capture the essence of songwriting, vocalizing off of one another’s strengths and being candid in their lyrics.
Wells finishes the EP off with a pristine rendition of his hit song “Crazy About You.” Celebratory and promising, Wells inspires hope with community vocals and a sweet message. This radio version brightens the sound and draws the listener into the melody at any time or place. Wells is coming forward, calling on a greater audience with an open heart and compositional creativity.