NOT ONLY FULL OF LOVE STUFF; FULL OF DIFFERENT PERSONA TOO

ALBUM REVIEW : LOVE STUFF
ARTIST : ELLE KING
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 2015
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If rely your judgment on one song alone particularly the first song “Where The Devil Don’tGo,” you will conclude that Elle King is an inferior version or a copycat of Adele. This song has the same vocal quality that you found in some of Adele’s song vocally and musically. However, once you listen to the whole record, you got the feeling that her handlers do not know what to do with her talent. There is a hodgepodge of different singing styles and personality.

In the first and second song “Ex’s and Ohs,” you have Amy Winehouse and Duffy rolled into one. In “Under The Influence,” you see a Dusty Springfield personality in terms of vocal performance. In “Kocaine Karolina,” you will think that this is a Sara Barreilles song or another reworking of Jason Mraz “I’m Yours.”

Musically, there is also a problem as there seem to be devoid of musical direction this album is. There is country and Adele like vocal performance in “America’s Sweetheart.” The song can also be misconstrued as Kelly Clarkson vocally. There was a chance to redeem with “I Told You I Was Mean.” The song is full of angst and you can feel it vocally, however, the production aspect is lacking. It tried to be raw in approach but somehow there are too many instruments involved to call this music as raw or unplugged.

Elle King has good vocals and it is hoped that she will find her personality and style in her next record. Despite some missteps and flaws, the record is still a pleasure to listen. It is just that you wished that her record producers should have made that serious effort on finding the right musical persona and style for her. I rate this record 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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