Reinvention. Countless artists have attempted this in the past. Some have risked everything for a career makeover, while others have revived the life of their otherwise dying music existence. Even though Essential Records recording artist Krystal Meyers seemed to be doing just fine traveling the rock n roll route, this 20-year-old performer has undergone a fantastic musical transformation.
When Meyers made her debut four years ago at only sixteen years old, she immediately earned the label of Christian music's version of international star Avril Lavigne, thanks to her guitar heavy sound and the in-your-face message that defined her first project. Her follow-up, Dying for a Heart, solidified her place as the Christian entertainment industry's rock princess. The teenage talent hit the road with a heavy tour schedule as hits such as "The Way to Begin," "My Savior," and "The Beauty of Grace" lit up the airwaves.
If Krystal lived by the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," she would undoubtedly maintain her popularity and continue down a successful path. However, Meyers chose to head in a different direction rather than simply follow the formula that had already been proven to work for her. Working with famed production team Doubledutch (Mat Kearney, tobymac), Meyers makes a drastic shift in her sound. Instead of being the Avril Lavigne-esque rocker chick, Krystal sounds much more like Gwen Stefani with 80s style bouncy dance beats.
The opening track, "Make Some Noise" wastes no time introducing the world to the new Krystal and just how great she sounds. This song serves as a powerful, groove filled anthem calling today's youth to boldly speak out. Meyers keeps up her momentum with the uplifting "Love It Away" and the encouraging "Shine." Both tracks are distinctly different but offer up a sweet dose of techno/pop sounds. Meyers slows things down marvelously with her loving cries of adoration to God in "S.O.S." and "My Freedom." Make Some Noise does an excellent job of marrying together sweet ballads and dance hall worthy tunes with hopeful lyrics reaching out to her generation.
Krystal Meyer's Make Some Noise is clearly a vast change from her previous work. She proves what a versatile artist she is by seamlessly moving from guitar-driven rock music to her new pop-techno sound. Krystal is an artist who has beautifully evolved musically and maintained her mainstream appeal. Her future is bright, so get ready for Krystal as she continues to "make some noise."- Review date: 9/7/08, written by Lauren Summerford
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