Review - Skylar Grey - Don't Look Down (Deluxe Edition)
Skylar Grey’s debut album ‘Don’t Look Down’ has been a long time coming, and however long fans have been waiting, Skylar has been waiting even longer. The ups and downs she has endured are incredible, so the fact that she was able to make this CD a reality at all is a triumph. Thankfully, ‘Don’t Look Down’ was worth the wait.
The singer took extra time to craft a pop album unlike any the world has heard in a long time. She expertly blends pop sensibilities, excellently-written hooks, and the undertone of sadness in a way that I genuinely didn’t think was possible.
Every singer needs a thing they bring to the table that separates them from the rest. Ke$ha has being trasy, Gaga has her way of dressing and love of the gays, and Beyonce has…everything. I was expecting this to be a collection of overly-morose tracks that were trying too hard to live up to Skylar’s schtick, but nothing could be further from the truth.
While much of ‘Don’t Look Down’ is on the blue side, that doesn’t necessarily mean you walk away feeling sad. Instead, think about artists like Death Cab For Cutie, Evanescence or Nine Inch Nails. Sometimes things couldn’t get darker, but you still rock out or dance to the songs, all the while feeling the intense sadness being conveyed.
Skylar is an expert at creating pop songs about tough topics: depression and violence (as is proven by the mega hit “Love The Way You Lie” that she wrote several years ago) that are on the cusp of too-much. Add on to this the freshness of her musical sound (which could at times be confused with some of our favorite female singers of the 90’s) and you’ve got yourself a record.
‘Don’t Look Down’ is already on its fourth single, and sadly none have picked up on the charts, but as we’ve come to learn, that doesn’t speak to the quality of the music. Skylar’s debut (under that name) is extremely well done (we’d expect nothing less from producer Alex da Kid), and proves that there is plenty of ground left to cover in pop music.
Listen to: “Back From The Dead (ft. Big Sean, Travis Barker)”, “Final Warning”, “Religion”, “C’Mon Let Me Ride (ft. Eminem)”, “Tower (Don’t Look Down)”, “White Suburban”