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"All Dressed Up" - Shai | Review

When was the last time you looked in the mirror and felt beautiful? There are so many influences telling us we aren’t good enough, leading to a crash in self-worth. But Shai is working to help us love ourselves again.

In her track ‘All Dressed Up,’ Shai embraces self-love. She seems to capture that moment when you’re really feeling yourself in her Hindi-infused pop song. Notice the drums and the 808 bass that remind you of the Eastern culture she brings to the music. It’s like a hint of spice that hits right after you take a bite.

Aside from the focus on loving and accepting yourself, Shai explained the song was influenced by the COVID-19 lockdown.

“‘All Dressed Up’ is inspired by being in lockdown with nowhere to go and making the most of a bad situation,” she said. “It’s about missing my social life but making my home into my escape, even if that means partying alone. Pandemic or not, sometimes you just want to dress up and feel good about yourself, and this song tells you to do just that.”

After growing up in Mumbai, Shai moved to the U.K. and attended LIPA. She got her start by writing songs for other singers, like Nicky Romero, W&W, Ayokay, and Jay Pryor, among others. Her songs have even made an appearance on Netflix’s ‘Lucifer’ and ‘Love Island U.K.’

There’s a reason she has over 50 million streams on Spotify: Shai brings joy. Her song is like a bubbly soda on a cold day. It’s refreshing, interesting, and invigorating. The notes of Hindi influence bring something special and no matter where you are, whether you’re stuck at home during a pandemic or at work trying to make it to closing time, ‘All Dressed Up’ will make you want to dance.

Review by Kasey Van Dyke

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