Natalie Paige is a singer/songwriter from Seattle who released a four-song demo entitled Piece of Me. Let me say right off the bat she is a great singer and I appreciated the songwriting as well. I was impressed and the songs were emotionally resonant.
The sound quality is really good for a demo. I thought the guitar sounded good and the vocals sounded exceptional. My only issues was the noticeable difference in volume between songs which is an issue that is taken care of in the mastering process.
Paige’s songs all hit a similar style. The music has a soft, intimate melancholy to it. It reminded me of songs you would hear at an open mic by someone who was really talented. That is ultimately the one thing I think she needs to be cognizant of. There is a surplus of female musicians who bark up the same tree and the competition is absurd. Anything she can do to stick out from the popular intimate back porch singer/songwriter vibe in my opinion will help her not be lumped with all the other exceptional artists.
The EP starts off with “Piece of Me.” Paige slowly strums a C major - F major chord progression and an additional guitar provides some lead. That's the whole song but she pulls it off although another significant chord transition wouldn’t have hurt. “Many Stories” was a highlight for me and I thought the guitar and vocal melody were strong. Her singing is loose and she seems comfortable. She sings, “I'm in the mood to feel what these songs are dreaming of / All I've got is a one-night stand and a heartless lover.”
“East Coast” is another solid effort with palatable melodies while the closer “Nothing at All” is a delightful mix of hope and melancholy.
Paige is a talented artist and this EP certainly proves that. On that note I have a feeling her best work is yet to come and I am looking forward to hearing it.
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