On September 23 Skylar Grey let the world into a whole new auditory experience when she released ‘Natural Causes‘, her third studio album (including 2006’s ‘Like Blood Like Honey’, released under the Holly Brook moniker). The 13 songs on the new project convinced critics that we were finally getting the real Skylar; not an entertainer forcing words into radio-friendly settings. Though they were amazed at her ability to effortlessly traverse a spectrum of genres in seeking to communicate with her listeners, they were glad that she remained true to her long-held love for hip hop. Musical mentor Eminem, who also appears as a featured guest on the cut ‘Kill for You’, played no small part in fostering this love. One of the other Natural Causes tracks drenched in hip hop is ‘Lemonade’.
You might be deceived for a moment by the acoustic guitar strumming at the beginning that you’re in for a sedate country experience. But a minute later the trilling of trap drums fills your ears, surprising you how well they can blend with folk-sounding melodies. The soothing vocal harmonies help form a seamless bridge between the two genres making you feel almost the same way you feel when listening to a Yelawolf tune. In the two verses, hook and brief rap verse there is a message of enduring love; love that braves hardships and letdowns to last forever. That ideal is conveyed in a sequence of images leading from troubled times in a relationship (and bond between man and dog) to sweet reunion.
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