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Skylar Elise

Skylar Elise EP

Review by Gary Hill

Skylar Elise can certainly sing. One would think that no matter her age. When you consider that she’s only 14 years old, though, it’s almost mind-boggling. Well, to clarify, when she recorded this she was only 14. She’s had a birthday since then.  Either way, though, this girl is talented. The music here is country, but there is a range to it and it does move towards pop and rock at times. This EP is nearly perfect. I’d have to say that Skylar Elise probably has an incredible career ahead of her. If she is this good at that young age, one can only imagine how great she’ll be with years of experience behind her.

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Track by Track Review
Gypsy Soul

Starting off rather mellow, this powers out into some really rocking country music. This is energetic and awesome. The vocal performance is top notch and this is really a great tune.

Get Together
I would say that this would seem like an unusual cover for a country musician, but Garth Brooks also hit this song (albeit under the name “Chris Gaines”). I like this version quite a bit. It’s melodic and the vocal performance is another real winner.
I've Got the Picture
Combining modern pop music with old-school country, this is another standout song on a disc full of standout songs. The quality on this whole set is amazing and this is just one example of that.
You'll Never Understand
Now we get more of a ballad. It’s got some cool retro organ sound and some great slide guitar. It’s another classy tune. The vocal arrangement is very effective and very classy.
You Wish
I suppose that if there’s a song that’s not as strong here, it’s this one. That said, it’s less about this song being weak than it is about everything else being so strong. This just seems a little less complete in terms of the early song structure. The arrangement and vocal performance, though, make up for it without question. 
I Know What You Did
As good as the rest of the material here is, this one steals the show. It’s a powerful song, both musically and lyrically. It’s sort of an epic kind of piece with both mellower and more rocking sounds. It’s just a nearly perfect tune in every way. I can’t imagine a better way to end this set.
 
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