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CD SINGLE REVIEW: Courtney Jones - "Long Way Down"
By Gian F - 01/30/2008 - 02:24 PM EST

Artist: Courtney Jones
Album: Awake & Dreaming
Label: N/A
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Sounds Like: Sarah McLachlan
Technical Grade: 10/10
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: Courtney Jones, a singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon, who will inevitably draw comparison to Sarah McLachlan with her ethereal tone and phrasing, delivers a track that can help her to carve out an identity of her own. With the dramatic production of Peter Malick (Norah Jones), she performs a haunting, heartfelt vocal in front of a cinematic backdrop in which she tells her story of unrequited love with lyrical eloquence. The song benefits from great song structure, clever engineering in the intro for effect, and a memorable chorus that sticks; making it both radio-ready, and licensing-friendly.

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