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Natalie Estes

20/20 Vision

Review by Gary Hill

This EP is great. It's more or less modern female fronted pop music, at least as a general heading. That said, there is a lot of older, more classic sound here. The music varies from mellower to more rocking stuff and is effective. It's not Earth-shaking in terms of originality, but when it's this good, it really doesn't need to be. The thing that really makes this work, though, is Natalie Estes' voice. She's soulful and powerful and so good.
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Track by Track Review
Until I Do

Piano, percussion and vocals make up the start of this tune. It grows out to a more full arrangement later, but overall this is a soulful, bluesy song that's more balladic. It has a lot of modern pop music to it, but it's very meaty. I like this a lot.

Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
More high energy, this has more of that modern pop element. Still, there is enough classic meat in the mix to keep it from feeling trite. The vocals are really the selling point, but that's true of the whole EP.
Reminds Me Of You
A slower, rather soulful number, this is perhaps more pop oriented than the other two.
Bad Game
Energized and fun, this is great rocking pop music. This brings some variety, but it's not my favorite tune here. For one thing, I don't think the vocals shine as brightly. For another thing, I think the music is a bit less interesting. Still, the energy brings something to table.
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