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“You Got This” - Kelsey Waters | Review

Notes of country, R&B, and pop, Kelsey Waters is bringing some new and fresh to music with her single “You Got This”.

This song is a nod to modern British dance-rock like bands like Picture This, but also incorporated some old school techniques. There are reverb channels and double tracking used to really give it that 70’s classic sound. This nod to old-school sounds results in raw, real and inviting tracks that often shines a light on this young but seasoned songwriter’s dark side.

I fell in love with this song instantly. It’s such an uplifting song even with its grungy and raw edge to it. For me, it sounds like an empowerment anthem; a song for taking steps forward and into something new and unknown even though you totally “got this”. On a really personal note, which I tend to avoid in my reviews, this song makes me think about what awaits me in August. I will be attending my first semester of college and I couldn’t be more excited but sometimes it feels like I’m talking a big talk going in but I might fall flat on my face when I get there. “You Got This” is going to my anthem because I know I got it! In reality if something comes into your life you have to trust you are ready for it and “You Got This” might be the song, and the push, you need to see that.

“A powerful singer, a sharp songwriter, and recording artist since the age of 14, Kelsey Waters has spent more than a decade in the studio, the writing room, and on stage. She's saved her best work for her reimagined solo career, rolling her life story into a batch of dark, guitar-fueled songs inspired by electric rock & roll and pop noire. This is raw, guitar-driven music, heavily rooted in the sound of '90s female rockers ("I'm a '90s baby," Waters admits, listing Sheryl Crow, Joan Osborne and Fiona Apple as influences) as well as legends like David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles. Waters' songwriting, though, is as personal as it gets, with the front woman taking a look inward and opening up about addiction, heartbreak, and sexual desire. She shines a light on her darker side with songs like "I Pour," "Want" and "One More Habit," carving out a sound that nods to her old-school influences while still pushing ahead into new territory.”

Review by Hannah Schneider

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