If you were looking for a good set of pop songs by a female vocalist and have been disappointed in your results thus far, allow us to introduce you to the UK’s own Livia (myspace.com/liviamusicuk). Here it is ladies and gents – good tunes, slick production, a solid voice, a pretty face and clear and emotional lyrics about boys, good friends and, um, boys.
There’s nothing wrong with writing about boys. A lot of music is about the opposite sex in one way or another. Livia covers the wide range of under-thirty romance and heartbreak. There’s the sexual attraction, the guy who couldn’t get over his depression, the guy who pretended to be nice only to get what he wanted, the guy who can’t move on and is always shooting dirty looks and, of course, the star crossed lover that mended her broken soul but has to go for some unexplained reason.
For the sexual attraction, and the most danceable song in this collection we have “Burning Up” – a dance floor symphony UK style that has a catchy groove, a good beat and barley subtle “I want to fuck you” lyrics such as “I’m burning up because your touch is like fire”. The Spanish influenced “Too Good To Be True” will make any girl want to salsa out the heartbreak of dealing with an insincere lover. Hopefully the guy who couldn’t get over his depression is over it now because listening to “Save You From Yourself” with it’s minor key pop guitar work and lyrics in the ilk of “I can’t save you from yourself if you won’t even try” is sure to send a guy like that crying home to momma. And if there are any women reading that are in the mood to send a guy home crying to momma, “Read Your Mind’s” steady Rock rhythm and “Read my lips / I don’t need you in my life” lyrics will serve as a good sound track.
Having a rough break-up of the bitter-sweet/star crossed lover’s variety? Put on “Broken Soul” and let the piano wash over you and allow Livia to croon “You have mended my broken soul / You taught me so much more than you’ll ever know” and you’ll feel better. And when you’re done with all of the bitterness and want to just be thankful for the friends in your life, put on the acoustic vocal-showcasing “Protected”. Sing along to “You pick me up when I am down / Put me back on solid ground” and feel better.
Is this a super-sweet pop collection? Yes. Does this make Livia for everybody? No. But, for the people that this is for – the people who like crystal-clear lyrics and incredibly catchy hooks about the problems of young adulthood, you would be hard-pressed to find something better. Livia is talented, the production is top-notch and the music is catchy. What more could you ask for?