CD SINGLE REVIEW: Orentia - "Confused"
By Gian F - 05/16/2008 - 04:03 PM EDT
Artist: Orentia Album: Enter The Zone Genre: R&B Sounds Like: N/A Technical Grade: 9/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10 Commercial Value: 9/10 Overall Talent Level: 9/10 Songwriting Skills: 9/10 Performance Skill: 9/10 Best Songs: Single Weakness: ? CD Review:
One of the things I look for in a song as a commercial music critic is the song's ability to hold up against the competition of similar songs which top the charts and are played on the radio. Orentia, a singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, New York, achieves that with "Confused," the best and most commercial song from her debut project, Enter The Zone.
Benefiting from production that superbly complements her eloquent songwriting style, Orentia sings a story of deception, betrayal, and confusion. It's told from the perspective of a friend-to-another friend which allows for objectivity. It works and she succeeds without being preachy or judgmental while managing to bring up points to ponder in deciding whether to stay with or leave an unfaithful lover.
Whether or not the friend forgives and forgets, or calls it quits, we don't know. But what we do know (and can relate to) is why she's confused because we’ve all been there.
Vocally, Orentia skillfully delivers a performance that captures the frailty, love, angst, and inner turmoil that she is singing about - and she does it with credibility while showcasing her harmonizing and arranging skills in the process.
This is a radio-friendly track that both Urban and AC audiences will love more and more with every listen.
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