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Skylar Grey, ‘Dance Without You’ – Song Review

Skylar Grey Dance Without YouSkylar Grey has finally begun releasing her solo music. Today, on her website, the singer/songwriter offered a free download of ‘Dance Without You,’ a track from her debut solo album ‘Invinsible,’ a title she just announced.

The word that comes to mind when listening to ‘Dance Without You’ is “weird” — but a good kind of weird. The track demands immediate attention with an intro beatboxing-and-drums section (yes, beatboxing), which leads into motorized synth effects.

The smacking drums continue throughout the song, while Grey coos tortured words like, “So insecure, so uptight / I break my neck to be polite / I cannot take your whispering, your whispering.

Grey probably wasn’t shooting for the vibe of an early ’90s female-fronted alt-rock band, but, with its dreamy vocals, distorted guitars and quirky production, that’s kind of where ‘Dance Without You’ ends up.

The song breaks new ground for producer Alex Da Kid, who has become known for churning out rap songs with pretty pop choruses, like Lupe Fiasco‘s ‘Words I Never Said’ and Diddy-Dirty Money‘s ‘Coming Home,’ both of which feature Grey on the chorus.

‘Dance Without You’ is a buzz single that Grey hoped would get people talking about ‘Invinsible.’ Consider that mission accomplished. The album and its first official single will be released at a later date.

Listen to Skylar Grey, ‘Dance Without You’

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