Skylar Grey "The Buried Sessions" Review — 4 out of 5 stars
Wed, 18 Jan 2012 07:52:33
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When you peel back the layers of production and pomp, you can truly see the measure of any artist. The Buried Sessions does just that for Skylar Grey.
Still, when the curtain's up, Grey is even more poignant, poetic, and powerful. Certainly her voice punctuates hits from Diddy - Dirty Money and Lupe Fiasco with an inimitable sense of futuristic noir soul. However, in these stripped-down piano-driven incarnations, Grey's "Coming Home (Part III)" and "Words" illuminate just how incredible of a songwriter and performer she really is. An expansive piano melody shines in tandem with Grey's angelic delivery on "Coming Home (Part III)". Once the hook builds, she takes hold and drives a timeless pop melody home. Then there's "Words" which slides from an airy hum into ponderous and infectious lyrics about disconnection that wouldn't be out of place on a Nine Inch Nails record.
Like Florence + the Machine or Portishead's Beth Gibbons, Grey pushes pop forward while remaining utterly irresistible in that landscape. Look no further than the original demo of "Love The Way You Lie" [Eminem and Rihanna] which haunts at every bend.
Unearthing The Buried Sessions makes for a monumental listening experience. Nevertheless, it's only a prelude to Grey's long-awaited solo debut, which is bound to be a landmark this year.
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