For Emily Cole, music can be an outlet to voice her dissatisfaction, as on the songs “Dead Feeling,” “Unnerving” and her best, most current slice of alt-pop, “Ain’t My Vibe,” on which she makes it clear that it’s time to get more than cheap thrills and physical pleasure out of a relationship. She’s ready for substance. Each of her tracks is expertly produced, featuring beats that are textured, layered, and sometimes atmospheric, but the sound mix always keeps her pop-friendly voice prominent. Ultimately, we’re split on the merits of Cole’s singing. Some of us feel it’s plain and lacks distinction, while others feel it packs the perfect resonance to convey the messages of this material. Smart girls would dig her.
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