Reneé Rapp’s ‘Everything to Everyone’ EP Separates Famed Broadway Star From The Rest


The name Reneé Rapp may only ring a bell when hearing about Mean Girls or The Sex Lives of College Girls, but you’re sure to remember her after listening to this melodious masterpiece of an EP, ‘Everything to Everyone (Deluxe).’ You wouldn’t know this is Rapp’s first solo debut EP from the absolutely masterful job she did creating this sensation.

Detailing Rapp’s trials and tribulations with love, heartbreak, and finding your own way, ‘Everything to Everyone’ is the near perfect mix of all the pop, angst, and heavenly vocals one could ever dream of.

This EP starts off strongly with ‘Everything to Everyone (Intro),’ giving listeners an angelic indication of Rapp’s musical aptitude. With lyrics to pull on your heartstrings like, “Cause I’ll kill myself tryin’, and I’m not scared of dyin,” Rapp exhibits her masterful lyricism coupled with passionate isolated melodies. Although this is simply an introduction to the EP, this song is 100% a must-listen in my book.

Track 2, ‘In the Kitchen,’ is both Rapp’s most streamed song and her favorite song she’s ever written. The combination of building, graceful piano instrumentals and hoarse, angry vocals would give any listener chills. I appreciated Rapp’s ability to create a storyline with her perfect demonstration of ranging emotions, from reminiscent, to sorrowful, to distressed throughout the course of this song.

Rapp showcases her devoted familial relations in addition to her failed romantic exploits with the track ‘Don’t Tell My Mom.’ A perfect example of adoration for her role model, Rapp repeats certain words like “worry,” “hurt,” and “lie” to emphasize what she’ll do in order to protect her mother with audibly apparent pain. “Her daughter might cry, but she’ll be alright” won’t leave any listener with a dry eye.

Throughout the course of the EP, Rapp crafts a powerfully emotive storyline that make it easy for anyone to instantly connect with – no matter one’s age or stage in life, they can relate to accounts of growth, self-discovery, and attachment.

This is heavily seen through ‘What Can I Do,’ my personal favorite off the EP. With a simple, yet catchy, piano melody, and heartbreaking repeated statements of “I don’t know if you see us how I do in my head” or “I’d rather keep on lying than to tell you the truth,” I can’t help but feel all of Rapp’s despairing emotions right alongside her.

If you want a change in pace, ‘Too Well’ is the perfect remedy, utilizing an upbeat and more pop-like feel. The juxtaposition between a happy melody and frustrated lyrics such as “It’s easier holdin’ a grudge, I’d rather by angry than crushed” makes for a fun listen that made me want to experience a breakup just to relate to this song.

It’s not to say every song on this EP was a home run, however. The addition of ‘Bruises’ to make this EP deluxe felt unnecessary – this track’s discordant intro and lack of consistency in rhythm or mood made it hard to follow as a listener. It definitely wasn’t my most pleasurable listening experience on the EP, but I still appreciated her expert lyricism with heart-wrenching lines like “Metaphorically though, you could flip me inside out and they would show.”

Having known of Rapp since her days on Broadway, gracing the stage as Regina George with pop songs like ‘Meet the Plastics,’ ‘World Burn,’ and ‘Someone Gets Hurt,’ I loved getting to see this new side of the famed performer. Although her musical theatre experience shines through her fierce, controlled vocals, this EP helped to create a new narrative that is extremely fun to listen to.

The next time you have a free 25 minutes on your hands, I definitely urge you to take a listen to ‘Everything to Everyone (Deluxe).’ With a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars, anyone looking for some extra angst, engaging lyrics, and a rollercoaster of emotion will surely be satisfied with this EP.