Ren Daversa is an artist who released an album entitled Saltwater. Her music is acoustic based pop and folk.
The album opens with “Oceans of You” where you are greeted with acoustic guitar and vocals which is the foundation of these songs. It’s a catchy, pop song with a melodic chorus. That being said I wanted a little more unpredictability in terms of structure and instrumental elements.
Up next is “Heart to Heart” which is a warm, nostalgic song while “Cut and Dried” has a slightly mystical vibe to the song not too far away from Fleetwood Mac. “Just One Word” is straightforward, wholesome pop that’s predictable with straightforward lyrics. There are attempts at rocking out on “Closer.” “Firelight” is a highlight amongst the batch of songs. “The Upside Down,” “Funny” and “Type A” aren’t exactly pushing any boundaries bu are pleasant enough songs.
I wanted a little more edge from these songs. These songs embraced tropes and there wasn’t enough of a signature sound. It felt like the first attempts at songwriting by following all the rules of what you are supposed to sound like. I’m not sure how much experience Daversa has as a songwriter but I think thinking outside the box and working on ways to establish a unique, individual sound will have to be in the equation to come into her own.
Saltwater is an album that showcases that she has the foundations covered. Daversa is a solid singer and understands the fundamentals of how to create a solid pop song. It’s the X-factor and other variables they will have to come into play in order to stand out amongst the crowd.
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