Lexie Rose – On My Own
Lexie Rose’s five song EP On My Own is a statement of arrival. The seventeen year old Los Angeles based singer/songwriter has logged significant live appearances despite her young age and has worked with some of the greatest talents in the musical world to help make her artistic dreams come true. The results of this dedication is apparent when you hear On My Own. Rarely has such a young artist reached a complete level so soon in their career and the boundless promise she shows for future releases is reflected in each track. She has the ability of making the songs serve her personal needs while still crafting performances that reach inside the personal experiences of her audience and achieve resonance. You can hear influences like Elliot Smith and Fiona Apple in her music, but Lexie Rose emerges from these five songs as her own person and, more importantly, her own artist.
There’s definitely some riskier sounds and textures heard on the EP, but the mood can often be defined as orchestral. The first song, “20 Weeks”, amply illustrates this. Like later tracks on the EP, “20 Weeks” sounds like a synthesis of low key acoustic based songwriting with a high gloss pop sheen. Rose’s voice has a position of prominence in the mix, but it never overshadows the musicians. This is equally true on the EP’s edgier numbers like “Join Me” and “Wrong”. The second and third songs, respectively, explore more self-consciously theatrical soundscapes.
“That’s Why” mixes some nice, tasteful pop sounds and Rose’s vocal performance rates among the EP’s most inspired. The final track “On My Own” is everything an EP or LP title song should be – a definitive musical statement of sorts that ties up the release’s musical threads into a vivid whole that somehow embodies artist’s creative vision. It’s a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the EP and shows the quantum leap she’s made since her first releases more clearly than any preceding song. Lexie Rose’s rise through the music world will undoubtedly be quick and we will soon look back on this EP as the first substantive salvo in a potentially explosive career.
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