Darius Dupins/Staff Writer
Skylar Grey garnered commercial success when featured on several US Billboard Hot 100 singles. It’s been a little more than half a decade since we last heard from Grey and even then the hook to her feature on Dr.Dre’s and Eminem’s “I Need A Doctor” was nothing to write home about.
I’d be lying if I didn’t know Grey was still relevant. Her most recent work was with rapper Nicki Minaj, on ‘Bed of Lies’ from Minaj’s 2014 effort, “The Pinkprint.” Little has come of Grey since then but there’s still a demand for Grey, I suppose.
‘Moving Mountains’ is Greys first single from her upcoming album. A ballad that kicks off with Grey reflecting on her seemingly average music career, she croons about wanting the world to see what she’s worth and she doesn’t “want to be stuck like everybody else.”
The potential aggressively simmers as the melody and instruments capture the mood of Grey’s reflective state. Unfortunately, Grey’s voice isn’t anything distinct, exciting and is downright uninspiring on a ballad about self-determination. Her singing voice isn’t bad; it would be difficult to distinguish between Grey’s voice and a room full of female singer-songwriters.
It’s unfortunate after years of lending vocals on international hits, Grey gives listeners a four-minute song that struggles to find its peak. Accompanied with a video of epic, sweeping views of a snowy valley, presumably the mountain valleys of Utah where Grey now lives, the video makes up for the lack of demanding presence from our songstress.
All in all, Grey delivers a mediocre, melodramatic, pop-folk ballad that doesn’t inspire.