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Joel Phil

Raise Up EP

Review by Gary Hill

This new EP has four versions of the same song. The first one is the original take. It's followed by one with lyrics in both Spanish and English and two remixes. I'd say that every one of these versions works pretty well, but there are some that are more effective than others. If you dig good modern pop music, give this a try.

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Track by Track Review
Raise Up
The main version of the song, this has a lot of energy and cool vibe. It's definitely dance oriented and meant to be a pop tune. That said, it has a lot of meat to it. I like the powered up section quite a bit. Well, I like the whole cut. That particular segment just stands taller.
Raise Up (Spanglish Version)

As you might guess from the parenthetical, this is the same song with some of the lyrics in Spanish. It feels a bit more processed to me, but it still works really well in this form.

Raise Up (Ali Stone Remix)

The electronic concept on this works pretty well. It does feel a bit overproduced to me, though. I prefer the original version.

Raise Up (MARC Remix)

I think this might be even more electronic than the previous version. It works better, though. It has a great soulful groove to it. It's entertaining and effective.

 
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