Carmel Helene brings her rich, husky voice to bear on original songs that, while steeped in country style, possess a pop-leaning sensibility a la Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson. Oozing with affection and nostalgia for a longtime love (and rendered with just a guitar), “Since We Were Young” shows Helene to be an affecting communicator. “Over Me” has a twangy, top-notch band that helps her to wring maximum emotion from a song about a failed relationship. She shows her ballsy side on the country-rocker “One Foot Out The Door,” about her struggle to finally walk away from an abusive relationship. We urge this artist to bring her material up a notch and make it not only solid but exceptional.
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