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Stacy Gabel

Straight to Voicemail EP

Review by Gary Hill

There is something to be said for shorter releases. They allow you to get in, get out and make a statement without a lot of filler. That seems to be a good description of this. The music here has a modern pop meets alternative pop and retro vibe to it. This never feels repetitive. It's definitely an entertaining disc.

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Track by Track Review
Straight to Voicemail
Acoustic guitar brings a folk vibe at the start. The cut turns more toward a playful 1950s rock and roller from there. There is an alternative strangeness to it, but it's still very catchy.
High Heeled Shoes
While the basic concepts haven't changed, this is lower tempo. It's still entertaining and solid.
Stir Crazy
This has a Latin vibe to it. There is a bit of a musical theater angle to it, too. This tune appears to be about the pandemic. It's more of a rocker than some of the rest, and more contemporary. I think I like this better than the two cuts that came before. It has a lot of cool melodies and a great energy.
Sunny Days
This cut has a lot more folk rock in it. In a lot of ways it feels like it would have been at home on the radio in the late 1960s. This is played pretty straight, without a modern alternative angle.
A Little Magic (Acoustic)
This cut is, as you can probably guess from the parenthetical, strictly an acoustic guitar and voice arrangement. It's got plenty of that alternative pop angle to it.
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