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Album Review: Taylor Grey – Space Case

Taylor Grey is a Stanford singer-songwriter and is one of pop’s up-and-coming stars. She’s previously released two EPs, and her debut album Space Case just dropped June 16th. Grey is building a name for herself with her infectious pop and R&B stories.

The current single off the album is “Miami,” which carries an Iggy Azalea vibe with a sweeter voice. The track features Spencer Kane and digs into the struggles of long distance relationships/games when interested in someone who is miles away. Taylor Grey isn’t afraid of honesty, as she shows in “Impossible.” “I know I’m just a game to you / But if it’s all the same to you / Do you linger when our fingers touch?” This song is so haunting, yet catchy, and makes me want to dance across the room (and I’m not much of a shaker.)

One of my favorite tracks off Space Case is the slow anthem “Higher.” It’s a powerful track with a lovely melody. “The way I feel with you is magical / your lightning strikes my heart and melts my soul.” The subtle rattling of chains against the ground intensifies the sweet lyrics “No one can mean what you mean to me.” Another favorite is the title track “Space Case.” This is the perfect summer track. I can just imagine driving down a dirt road with the windows down singing at the top of my lungs. “Don’t let no one pull you down / Just lift your feet up off the ground.” The feeling of freedom rings through the distorted bass and fluttering of synths as Grey sings she’s “just a girl who needs time and space to feel free and take back her heart.”

You can hear the heartbreak in Grey’s voice in the lonely plea “Come Back.” The track starts off slow with full keys and slow claps, but bursts open for the chorus. I absolutely love the combination of tempos in this song and it makes for a roller coaster of emotion. Another slower track is “Miles Away.” The composition has more R&B/electronic reggae influence in the arrangement of synths and showcases Grey’s vocal talents with falsetto spurts. “Tell me what you’re waiting on / I know that you’re long gone. But I’m still here.”

The versatility on this album is undeniable. “Wild Bird” is the most broken down piece on the record with an acoustic guitar and tambourines. Grey embraces her inner strength as she sings “I don’t need to be rescued. I’m fine on my own.” “I’ll keep on reaching” she sings, as she proves she’s full of determination and will go after what she wants. With the independence theme continuing, acoustic track “Open Road” compliments Grey’s voice well and adds a nice variety to the album. It’s almost folksy, carrying over tambourines and beautiful harmonies from the previous track.

Space Case is now available on ITunes. For more info, visit www.taylorgreymusic.com. Catch Taylor Grey on the Basically Happy Tour with Jacob Whitesides throughout the month of June.

Compositions - 8
Breaking Ground - 8.5
Engagement - 7.3
Lyrical Voice - 7.4
Production - 8.8

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