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Joel Phil

Monster (digital single)

Review by Gary Hill

I previously reviewed an EP from this artist. That one had four different versions of one song. While it was effective, it seemed to be a bit of overkill. This time around he's just released a single with just the one song. I think that allows it to shine a bit brighter because it's just the one tune. There are no other versions to steal the thunder. This does stand tall, too. It is very much a modern pop song, but not in a lot of the negative ways. This feels a lot more genuine and real than a lot of modern pop music does.

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Track by Track Review
I dig the cool electronic meets soul vibe at the heart of the opening of this tune. As the vocals join that element is further emphasized. This is a bit processed, but not the point of a lot of modern pop music, and clearly not to the point of annoyance. I dig the cool dropped back bit. The whole tune has a great timeless approach. This is modern, but also has plenty of retro trappings. It's a classy tune that works well.
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