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CD REVIEW: Gravity by Julia McDonald

Pop music at this point is, in some way, pretty much comparable to the Modeling and Acting world as in its, first and foremost, a matter of luck for those trying to make them into these particular industries. This is because the lines for each are ridiculously huge with many hopefully trying to breakthrough. And so it takes, what it’s been dubbed by many, the X Factor – something Julia McDonald has plenty of.

Gravity is the 19 year old singer-songwriter debut EP and boy, doesn’t she immediately falls into the category of the best debut records out there? The material kicks off right way with the title track and McDonald right away establish herself as the sole star of not only the song, but the whole EP. Her distinctive voice blends perfectly with the traditional pop, Taylor Swift-esque Country heydays melodies. “Games” is more of a fast paced track, the acoustic guitar once again drives the whole song along with Julia that knows how to conduct herself throughout the somewhat speedy tempo with such an ease that only a few can achieve. Though the music somehow slows down and becomes a bit more visceral, the Orlando native finds its way to add new layers that turns a minimalistic track into something greater. The rest of the album is unsurprisingly both amazing and nor McDonald or the band falls flat.

There’s really no negative thing to say. The title song serves as an introduction for the record but I would say is perhaps the weakest within the 6 track EP, and this is me just speculating but maybe that’s why they place it as the opening tune on the album, kind of to get rid of it in order to keep the consistent awesomeness.

Review

Criteria - 95%

95%

Total Score

Overall, many pop artists always try to play with different genres and tempos. Most of them have a few great track that usually becomes a hit single and one or two hidden gem. But what makes Gravity is so special is that each and every song in it is a gem has the potential to become a hit. They are both fresh and so original in a time and world where everyone plays safe and focus rather in the message than the music - Julia McDonald and co. manage to blends irresistible music with a straight-forward, direct lyrics that touches your heart and soul.

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