Don't Look Down

Don't Look Down

by Skylar GreySkylar Grey


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After nearly a decade of toiling away on the margins of the music industry, the former Holly Brook became Skylar Grey and scored a massive hit as a songwriter with Eminem and Rihanna's duet "Love the Way You Lie." On that song, Grey's melodies functioned like Dido's did on "Stan," but after spending years and years as a sensitive singer/songwriter, Skylar Grey takes great pains to signify as tough on her 2013 debut, Don't Look Down. Heavy on stylish accouterments -- everything from echoed pianos and tightly rolling loops to cameos from Angel Haze and Big Sean -- Don't Look Down deliberately trades in bad-girl glamour, with Grey singing innuendoes and explicit profanities with ease, luxuriating in minor-key melodies and haunting, immaculately textured productions. Grey is clever enough to allow herself some measure of silliness -- there is absolutely no other way to describe the Queen-quoting "C'mon Let Me Ride" -- a move that reveals the seams in her goth-princess persona and makes a good chunk of Don't Look Down come across as nothing more than bubblegum Lana Del Rey. What saves Skylar Grey is what brought her fame: her finely honed songcraft, how she knows how to sculpt a melody so it cuts through the clutter and sinks into the subconscious. Try as she may to distract with her strut and style as Skylar Grey, what resonates is the same kind of melodic turn of phrase that was apparent back when she was calling herself Holly Brook.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2013
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537424795
catalogNumber: 001861902
Rank: 17733

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skylar Grey   Primary Artist
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Travis Barker   Drums
J.R. Rotem   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Drums,Horn,Theremin,Xylophone,Brass
Ivan Corraliza   Guitar
Jayson DeZuzio   Keyboards
J Browz   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Holly Hafermann   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Bells

Technical Credits

James Ingram   Engineer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Eminem   Executive Producer
Travis Barker   Composer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Daniel Jensen   Drum Technician
J.R. Rotem   Producer
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
Ivan Corraliza   Composer
Robin Baynton   Vocal Engineer
Jayson DeZuzio   Composer,Producer
Samuel Kalandjian   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Ill Factor   Producer
Alex Da Kid   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Ross Golan   Composer,Producer
Josh Mosser   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jeff Ellis   Vocal Engineer
Mike Strange   Engineer
Zach Gurka   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Sean Anderson   Composer
Jonathan Rotem   Composer
Angel Haze   Composer
Mike Del Rio   Composer,Producer
Holly Hafermann   Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer

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