Anthony Raneri kicks off his Sorry State of Mind EP with “Any God that don’t work on Sunday’s ain’t no God that could work for me” on his track “Smithereens.” This is likely a controversial way to start a song, and I absolutely love it. Maybe it’s because I’m not a religious person and never have been, but I think it’s a bold statement. The short intro song rolls into “Gone,” which has a bit of poo influence to it. You can hear it in the bass and synth after the soft opening verse with acoustic guitar. This EP felt fairly experimental and I think that’s the perfect use of an EP release.
“Sorry State of Mind” reminded me a bit of a Kacey Musgraves song. Not one in particular but just her style – upbeat acoustic guitars with witty lyrics. You even get some horns in this song. You can tell Raneri had some fun with the different styles on this EP and I think it made it more enjoyable to listen to. Overall, I enjoyed more of the acoustic based songs but “Gone” was a song that didn’t make me feel like I was listening to a Bayside record without the rest of then band members. This truly felt like an Anthony Raneri solo release, as it should.