Trapped – Ashley J (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Press Photo 2Some artists try to turn pop music into something new, they fuse their music with the past or try to find the future, undertake musically questionable and culturally ethical experiments in basement studios or pretend not to be pop at all, creating weird sub-genres and new labels to try to sound cool and detached. Ashley J is too honest for all of those sorts of games. Her music is pop, unashamedly so, it is here and it is now. Deal with it!

Solid beats and a slow burning verse build the anticipation before a truly monumental chorus delivers everything you want from a pop record. It is big, bombastic, infectious and memorable. If you can’t sing the chorus of a dance or pop record by the second time you hear it then it is not doing its job. In the case of Trapped I’ll be surprised if it takes you that long.


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