STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23976-12634 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
From Illinois, this teenage rock chick has already been gaining attention Stateside even without a record deal by ploughing a common furrow amongst independents - high profile showcases, talent shows and developing a huge myspace page. The thing is, the hype is worthless if the album you deliver doesn't match up and how often has that been the story? But for Elyce, the buzz and the talent are in equal measure and she does a great line of melodic rock with a little edge thrown in here and there. The opening salvo of three songs set the scene with the title cut making a big impression. Things calm for "Beautiful" and "Forgiven" by comparison as the 18 year old demonstrates her diversity. "Revive Me" re-engages the crunchy guitars and the album's closer "Long Before The Sun" is a gentle way to finish everything. Elyce's powerful voice crowns everything and with songs that are ministry focussed and have something to say, it presses all my buttons. It's yet another example of how an unsigned American artist can be far better than many of the artists who find themselves on labels.
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