Anna Sofia is a rising young pop star, making waves at just 16-years-old. She’s already racked up over 2 million streams on her songs. Her latest release is her EP, “Self Aware B**ch,” made with producer Jeff Hazin.
“Self Aware Bitch is a representation of my high school experience. My whole life in high school revolves around homework, parties, drama, experimenting, and finding yourself — that’s what I love to write about,” Anna Sofia shares. “I had a lot of fun making this EP. I love it when I finally get a good melody down on something I really vibe with, and then figuring out how that makes me feel and how I want to say it.
“When listening to it I hope people can find a way to relate to it either by thinking back to their own high school days, using it to prepare for high school, or relating it back to their current high school experience. At the end of the day, everyone’s experience is unique, but the message I’d like people to take away is to always stay true to yourself. Be unapologetically you, and don’t let anyone change you. Cut those people off!”
In short, this is an EP packed full of teen angst and relatability. Here is our take on each of its tracks.
Self Aware B**tch
“Self Aware B**tch” is full of high school complaints, kicking off the EP with honesty and openness. This title track was created with Grammy-nominated producer Frank Dukes (who has worked with the likes of Taylor Swift, Post Malone and The Weeknd), and the talent is clear.
Anna Sofia sings about wanting only “a few close friends,” skipping class, pointless lessons and struggling with drama. Acoustic and light, she sings the chorus: “Just call me/A self-aware bitch, sorry/At least I’m being honest/Surrounded by the gossip/At least I say it loud/At least I say it loud/At least I say it.” While Anna Sofia may “want this day to end,” this track is just the beginning of the EP.
“Meaner Girl” is about retribution in a way that is more high school-esque than lunch bells and lockers. It’s bitter in the best way possible. She sings, “’Cause I’m a mean girl to a meaner girl/Never really liked you, just stuck in your world/It’s not my fault that you don’t like it, I’m just telling the truth/’Cause I’m a mean girl, mean girl.” “Meaner Girl” is Anna Sofia’s “getting even” anthem.
“I Try” is echoey and full of young, unrequited love. Anna sings the story of falling for a boy who is no good for her: “I know you introduced me to him way back then Started off as nothin’, something pulled me in/I wanted to believe that I am right for him, oh, oh/My friends, they used to tell me he is dangerous/Regret taking a chance on a boy like this/Now I’m wrapped around his finger and I don’t mind it, oh, oh.” She sings about getting caught up in a romance that is not right for her and not interesting to him.
One of her first-ever hits, “No Fun” is an iconic Anna Sofia song. “No Fun” is about wanting to stay in and avoid the party, even when everyone is pulling you out. It is a young, groovy, fun song. ‘No Fun’ is an anti-party anthem.
Waste My Time With You
“Waste My Time With You” is slow and reminiscent of artists such as H.E.R. The song is romantic, a confession, even. She admits, “I can’t lie, I can’t hide/I wanna waste my time with you/I can’t deny, let me confide/I wanna waste my time with you.” Slow, sweet and embarrassed to be romantic, “Waste My Time With You” is a more serious take on the themes found in Anna Sofia’s other songs.
Full of ’70s feelings, Kid Bloom’s influence on the production of this song is clear. “Bad Day” is a quick song about days when it feels like nothing it quite right. While there is no chorus to this track, the transition to the second verse is powerful. The guitar emphasizes how intense a bad day can feel, especially when you’re in high school. Anna Sofia sings, “There’s nothing behind it, no no/And I ain’t got nothing left, nothing left/Let it all slip away, oh, oh/Today’s just a really, really, really bad day.”
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