Author: Chealsea Hunt
Laura Roy’s self titled debut throws it back to the 90s. She drops RnB vocals comparable to TLC or Destiny’s Child, but this Canadian born singer/songwriter keeps it fresh with modern pop-infused synths throughout the EP.
Roy opens the album with “Don’t Chase the Feeling,” the first single off the record. The lyrics are catchy, and the melody’s fun. This is the type of upbeat song you can’t help but sing along to.
In fact, I can picture myself playing carpool karaoke with the entire EP. This album is radio-ready, as is.
From the emotionally charged love song, “Full Moon,” to the jazzy “Plastic,” Laura Roy delivers on every track.
She displays a powerful command for her chosen genre. Pop is definitely in this girl’s wheelhouse.
But after having listened to the album, it is Laura Roy’s acoustic sessions I’ve had on repeat.
It’s true, her skillful use of electronic synths keeps her sound up-to-date. But it’s almost as if the busy accompaniment competes for listeners’ attention and detracts from Roy’s incredible vocals.
There’s technically nothing wrong with Laura Roy’s pop music. I truly enjoyed listening to it.
But when it’s just her, paired only with a guitar?
The music is more raw, and I find Roy’s delivery to be more heartfelt.
By all means, I hope she continues with what she’s doing. Laura Roy has the makings of a pop-powerhouse.
But I’d encourage her to dabble a little more with the stripped down musical style she displayed in the acoustic versions of “Plastic” and “Don’t Chase the Feeling” (seen below).
Regardless, Laura Roy has a future in music. And I for one am excited to see where she goes from here.