This New England foursome have a solid, familiar, synth-driven pop-rock sound that at times (such as on “Escape”) shows influences of classic new wave and today’s brooding, modern style. However, though GrandEvolution is fronted by Sarah Kenyon, the sound mix makes it seem as if she’s behind the band, not fronting it. The mellow and plodding “Hey Drama Queen” and “Ghost” are cut from the same sonic cloth—both are short on dynamics. The sound mixing is just part of the issue, however. Kenyon’s lead vocals tend to be inherently monotone, suggesting that there’s ample room, through voice coaching, for her to develop into a more compelling, dynamic force at the mic.
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