Pop music is defined by those special artists who come around every so often and introduce us to poetry meshed with melody that doesn’t just get stuck in our heads – it affects us on an emotional level, such as “Some Girls,” the new single from Penelope Robin, does. “Some Girls” is a lyrically-driven feminine power ballad that is as culturally relevant as it is divinely tuneful, and most fascinatingly, it’s written and performed by a young lady no older than 11 (yes, you read that correctly). Penelope Robin isn’t your typical tween; in the music video for the song, she drifts along a quaint city park’s trails and through adjacent streets, singing of confidence, believing in dreams and getting lost in a youthful imagination that too many of us forget about after weathering the strife of adulthood. Her voice is peppered with a lovely, budding mysticism, but her words personify resilience and youth itself. She’s sure of herself here, unafraid of the verses, hitting every one of her cues with a vibrant passion, and posturing herself to assume her rightful place in the hearts of pop-adoring fans everywhere.
The harmonies in this single are rich, lively and buoyant in the master mix, which accentuates them elegantly by keeping the EQ crisp, clean and devoid of a mushy, indulgent bassline. As much as you might imagine it plausible (and for good reason), Robin’s mammoth vocal doesn’t wash out the piano keys or smother them in vibrato; on the contrary, they fuse together brilliantly in this mix and complement the pensive tempo of the track amazingly well.
If we were to strip this song down to its nuts and bolts, we’d find that though the lion’s share of our attention is always afforded to Robin’s singing, the backing band pulls their weight and balances out her approach to the verses with a pulsating, textured melody. Both in the video and in the single on its own, the mix is even and boasts a formidable tonality that really shines in comparison to some of the more plastic-faceted pop singles that have been receiving airplay on mainstream FM radio in the last couple of years.
Commanding, smooth and profoundly melodic, “Some Girls” symbolizes a really big moment for Penelope Robin, who has yet to disappoint in her short time in the limelight. There’s no telling what Robin will do in life as she gets older, but I think there’s not much debate as to whether or not she has a music career as a genuinely viable option moving ahead. “Some Girls” vaults between classical pop and soft rock territory via its understated grooves, with both styles being efficiently employed in the finished product without feeling lopsided or scattered. I think that sticking with this particular type of fluid pop balladry would be her best bet for the time being, as she obviously has the skillset to turn out some really infectious harmonies spiked with satisfying hooks fit for any contemporary playlist. The sky is the limit for Robin, and with singles like this one on her résumé, she’s getting the launch that she’ll need to reach the stars and beyond.
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