Review – Ash Koley

Album: Elements
Release Date: July 15, 2016
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Genre: Pop

The Manitoba pop singing/songwriting duo, Ash Koley, released their second full-length album on July 15, called Elements. Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault took their vast range of influences and with a little mix of their own style, put together a solid pop album that many different listeners can enjoy.

The eleven-track album begins with their single, “Dangerous Words”. It has everything you look for in a pop song; repetitive and catchy lyrics, with an upbeat backing drum line and a bridge that automatically gets stuck in your head. It grabbed my attention right off the bat and reminds me of a few of my other favourite Canadian pop artists.

The eighth track, “Hit and Run” slowed things down a bit, with a chorus that becomes punchy. It was a great demonstration of Koley’s vocals. The lyrics are relatable for anyone who has maybe jumped into a relationship too fast and has seen in crash and burn within the first few weeks or so.

As someone who is quite picky when it comes to pop music, I was unsure if I would like the album. But from beginning to end, it held my attention and I actually really surprised myself. It had all the pieces as mentioned before, but it wasn’t put together in a way that I could enjoy it more than once. I urge readers to check it out.

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