1. Ordinary Girl 2. Other Side 3. Magical Life 4. Summer Is Here 5. Muddled 6. Over & Over 7. The Middle 8. Not Goodbye 9. Luckiest Girl 10. Still I Can Dream 11. Retrace My Steps 12. Have Some Fun
Roxy King Arrival
Many people already have an opinion on teenage pop stars before they’re even given a chance. Some people will love everything they do and give them more merit because of their age, while others will feel that they are just the product of someone trying to make money off the people that love them. It’s not always easy, but its best to try and ignore the other and take each artist for what they are.
Roxy King is currently 16 years old and is a singer/songwriter that plays keyboard, guitar, piano, and flute. She self-released a self-titled EP at the age of 13. She is also an actress as well as broadcast journalist that has interviewed several other young musicians, including the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, and Radio Disney NBT artists. Pretty impressive stuff; I think that’s what many of us call an overachiever.
Roxy’s debut full-length is entitled Arrival, and consists of a dozen pop/rock gems reminiscent of artists Taylor Swift (more her earlier work) and Demi Lovato. King sing’s about things that a teenager usually sings about, getting summer off, boys, having fun with friends, etc. There is also a nice cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.” It’s what you’d expect from someone in this age bracket, related to people her own age quite nicely, and also let’s an older audience reminisce.
From a music standpoint I will say I was a little worried at first. I didn’t enjoy the first track, “Ordinary Girl,” all that much. It started taking me down the expected path I was trying to avoid. However, Arrival definitely grows from start to finish. There are certainly some of those teenage pop songs that remind you of tunes by the other artists in the genre. Some of them are pretty good, and some I didn’t really care for. What I really did enjoy though is how the album gets more rocking once you get to “Muddled,” which is a great song.
Overall, Arrival is a pretty good album. It has its share of hits and misses, but what I like most about it is that I think it really shows where Roxy King can go from here. She can write a good pop song, or a good rock song, which will give her future albums a nice balance. The subject matter isn’t generally what I go for today, but teens and pop fans should be keen on it. What will be interesting is to see where King goes from here lyrically as she grows older. The same tunes with different subjects would appeal to a broader audience, and as a maturing artist it sounds like Roxy King is capable of writing hit songs for years to come.