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EP REVIEW: Justine Dorsey - Unsaid

By: Cyrus Rhodes



Artist: Justine Dorsey
Album: Unsaid

Label: Carousel Rose Productions

Genre: Alternative Pop, Singer/Songwriter   

Sounds Like: Alanis Morissette, Poe, Bjork, and even Tori Amos

Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Song: Everything That’s Beautiful

Weakness:  Winded Songs



Los Angeles California based Justine Dorsey just released her latest EP entitled Unsaid released in 2012. Dorsey is a 2012 LA Music Award Nominee for Best Female Singer/Songwriter. She has worked with multi-Grammy Award winner Randy Sharp and I might add she doesn't have her drivers license yet.

The EP gently takes flight with the title track “Unsaid” s slow building intro groove that serves inviting piano accents, delicate acoustic guitar against  a mesmerizing vocal front from Dorsey. Track 2 “Everything that’s Beautiful” presents an upbeat follow-up piece that serves up flowing rhythmic foundation, and heartfelt vocals that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition making for an impressive follow-up piece. Track 3 “Cliché” my  serves up methodical music build against thought provoking lyrical content against hypnotic groove. The musicianship of everyone involved is above the bar. Song for song the effective combination of Dorsey’s voice and Alternative-Pop catalogue is never called into question. As for her vocal abilities - she's quite impressive. Her vocal style is cut from the cloth of Alanis Morissette, Poe, Bjork, and even Tori Amos. Dorsey showcases a crystal clear vibrato, with an appealing mezzo-soprano persona. All of this makes for a strong and confident vocal ability. I especially like how her voice just sort of flows and ebbs melodically with the music. This latest EP from Dorsey delivers 4 compelling tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of an amazing artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom with messages that are positive, passionate and extremely captivating. From melodic “Cliché to “Mama’s Song” this EP has something for just about everyone.  

All songs over 3.5 minutes drag you to the finish line. I’m not crazy about some of the drum performances on some of the tracks. I typically don’t give 10 star ratings/reviews out to EP’s as the Full Length CD is the more complete snapshot of what a band or artists is capable of.  

I like everything about Justine Dorsey. She's truly an infectious artist that possess a "Gold Standard" look, sound, appeal, talent, vocal passion and presence. She's also is a very impressive talent for her age. The music is warm, extremely marketable, uplifting and very passionate. The pin drop moments are amazing, and her falsetto is to die for. The songwriting is an interesting snapshot of music from a clairvoyant artist that has quite a lot to offer.All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song this catalogue is extremely likeable very much like the artist herself.

Cyrus Rhodes

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