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Eyes Wide Open is Sabrina Carpenter's debut studio album which was released on April 14, 2015 by Hollywood Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Eyes Wide Open 3:12
  2. Can't Blame A Girl For Trying 2:49
  3. The Middle Of Starting Over 3:32
  4. We'll Be the Stars 3:06
  5. Two Young Hearts 3:53
  6. Your Love's Like 3:29
  7. Too Young 4:14
  8. Seamless 3:06
  9. Right Now 3:35
  10. Darling I'm A Mess 2:59
  11. White Flag 3:18
  12. Best Thing I Got 3:19

Album BackgroundEdit

Sabrina Carpenter became heavily involved with the Disney Channel in 2013, making various appearances on soundtracks like "Smile" for the album "Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust" and "All You Need" (which was featured on the "Sofia the First" soundtrack).

During that same year, Carpenter signed a record deal with Hollywood Records to release her own music. She was planning to launch an EP and then release a studio album.

She released her debut EP, "Can't Blame a Girl for Trying" with four tracks in March 2014

CompositionEdit

The final cut of "Eyes Wide Open" contains twelve tracks (four of them were in Carpenter’s debut EP, "Can't Blame a Girl for Trying."

The album is a teen pop and pop folk record, full of acoustic and country styles.[4] It embodies influences of pop rock, power pop and hawaiian folk.

In all of the songs, she talks about personal experiences, friendship, love and teenage problems. Four songs were written by Carpenter.

The album begins with the title track “Eyes Wide Open”. The song demonstrates a "darker mood" where Carpenter sings about finding who she is and her path.

Carpenter's favorite lyric on the album is the opening lyric of “Eyes Wide Open” that says "Everybody loves to tell me / I was born an old soul."

"Can't Blame a Girl for Trying" is an acoustic guitar-pop folk song who talks the being foolish in love and making mistakes, but never blaming those who make them. According to Carpenter, the song "perfectly describes a thirteen-year-old girl and a teenage girl."

The third track, "The Middle of Starting Over" has country pop influences. The song talks about moving on, start all over again and forget the mistakes.

The track, "The Middle of Starting Over" was compared to Taylor Swift's work in her early albums.

The last song of Carpenter's new material, "Darling I'm a Mess", was the first song to be recorded for the album. The Hawaiian folk song was co-written by Meghan Trainor and lyrically, it talks about the feeling of being friend zoned.

A folk-pop guitar-driven ballad, "White Flag" talks about changes in our daily life and that none of the bad things we do will last forever. The song has the last to be recorded for "Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying."

The last track of the record, "Best Thing I Got" is a piano driven-pop song with jazz influences. Lyrically, the song talks about love and "being a non-perfect girl who wants life to be full of freedom."

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Eyes Wide Open" debuted at #43 on the US Billboard 200, #31 on the US Billboard Top Album Sales chart and #14 on the US Billboard Digital Albums chart.

According to Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold over 12,000 copies in its first week release.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Writing for the website Headline Planet, Brian Cantor gave the album a positive review, focusing on the emotion conveyed by Sabrina Carpenter's performance.

He wrote, "Decidedly loose in construct but rich in personality, “Eyes Wide Open” provides Carpenter with an opportunity to establish her own identity and leave her own mark."

Cantor believed the more heavily produced songs put Carpenter at a disadvantage, playing against her strengths.

In particular, he singled out the tracks "Eyes Wide Open" and "We'll Be the Stars" as weaker songs on the album that do not showcase Carpenter's talents and personality to their full potential.

Cantor wrote: "With every passing moment–even on her weaker tracks, Carpenter creates distance between the conception and reality of a teen artist."

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