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Ezla

Outcasts

Review by Gary Hill

This sort of pop music tends toward being over-produced. While this isn't immune, it fares better than a lot of stuff out there does. I'd say the closest comparison to this would be Lady Gaga, but this isn't like some kind of clone. All in all, if you dig modern pop music, you will like this.

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Track by Track Review
Outcasts

This is interesting. The vocals seem a bit over-processed, but the overall electronic meets soul sound on this works well. It has some interesting hooks and a good energy.

Skeletons
Earning a parental advisory on the lyrics, this has little more subdued arrangement. That said, it still manages to rise up to the powered up zone. It's not a big change in terms of musical styles. The vocals don't feel as manipulated as they did on the opener.
Satellites
With more of a symphonic meets electronic texture, this is a fun number. It also has vocals that are less processed than the opener. That's a good thing as far as I'm concerned.
Hangman
The vocals on this bring an interesting cadence. The song is not a big change, but it is intriguing and stronger in some ways than anything else here. It has a definite dance tempo to it.
Psycho Killers
I don't know about this song. It's difficult to listen to in terms of the lyrical content. Beyond that it feels over-produced. Of everything here, this is the one I'd consider a "skip."
 
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