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Ashley Aucker "The Life You Promised"
by Grace Thorson (cmaddict.com) on 2011-05-05 16:39:04
Ashley Aucker is a comparatively new Christian artist. In November of 2010, she released a single (Alone) and just recently released her EP (The Life You Promised) through the record label ROXR. I would probably list these two under the genre of rock/pop with bits of techno. Ashley is a very talented singer/songwriter/pianist and all of this is wonderfully portrayed in her music.

The EP starts off with the track “My Dear” - I think the meaning behind it is based on a relationship between a man and woman. It’s a sweet song with words that easily get stuck in your head. It’s also fast-paced with a little rock here and there. To make note, the only music video made for this EP is on the “My Dear” song.

The song “Reality” has a dream-like quality to it. The flow of the music seems to go up and down with the feeling of stars falling or twinkling. I love the idea behind the lyrics with “awaken me from reality.” With some techno, it makes for a fun track.

“Try Again” is the longest of all four tracks. It took me by surprise to hear pieces from the olden’ song “The Saints Go Marching In” included within the melody. The chorus words repeat with the image of trying again. It really does give the illusion of going on and on – which I like.

The EP ends with “Am I Just Wrong Here” – the shortest song off the album. And it has a slow tempo throughout. Ashley, as a gifted pianist, plays this track with only the piano. The song is the best lyrically and spiritually with “Do I belong here, am I just wrong here, please take me and make me into something more.” It’s absolutely beautiful, and I hope to see more of this particular style in Ashley’s work.

One word describes this debut album: Unique. When I first listened to it, I immediately thought of Owl City with Adam Young. Ashley Aucker pleasantly surprised me, though, because I was expecting it to be exactly like it. With many artists having the identical-ness played out in most of their songs, Ashley managed to make all of hers sound completely different. It has some of that quirkiness and techno-ness like Adam Young, but Ashley is uniquely her own. I’m thrilled to have found her music, and I will be waiting anxiously to hear more. Hopefully, it will be soon!

I recommend this EP to listeners who enjoy refreshingly diverse music. Along with this album, I highly suggest listening to her single as well. If you like trying new artists, check out Ashely Aucker’s The Life You Promised!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Rock
Label: ROXR
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Buy it: Amazon MP3

Tracklist:
1. My Dear 3:21
2. Reality 4:37
3. Try Again 4:39
4. Am I Just Wrong Here 2:50
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