There’s equal amounts of promise and problems with these recordings by dance- pop artist I.l.y.a, not the least of which is the Manhattan-via-Moscow artist’s heavily accented voice as he raps/sings his lyrics. It’s a huge handicap to overcome and these Euro-dance recordings suffer for it. Still, there are aspects that show promise. “Pour It Out” and “Can’t Wait Forever” demonstrate a gift for hooks and melodies. Perhaps they’d even lure a talented singer to take the mic and elevate the songs? Well, that seems to be exactly what happens on “Show Me Your Beauty” where I.l.y.a. is joined by Tracy Esu, who basically makes the song her own thanks to her terrific vocal power. Keep working, comrade.
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