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C.D. On Songs : Elise Hayes – "Got What I Gave"

June 17, 2010

We’re going to give you a little time to get ready for this one, unless this song hits you so hard that you become a huge Elise Hayes fan and want to see her kick off her mega-tour tonight in New York. And then follow her up and down the Eastern seaboard. Or you can wait for her to hit it back home here, when the New Hampshire-born and Berklee-bred Elise Hayes comes back home to play several shows in Cambridge, Boston, Norwood and Chelmsford, to name a few local areas. From the sounds of this track, it sounds like there might be a few people waiting for her to get back here and sing to us.

Elise Hayes – “Got What I Gave”
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In situations such as this, it is clear that the spotlight shines brightest upon the vocalist. She’s the singer-songwriter, so we expect the singing to be at the forefront of the song. This genre is sometimes maligned when the singer or their song falls short. Or maybe tries too hard. To paraphrase Baby Bear, Elise Hayes hits it “juuuuust right!” in this song.

Hayes’ arresting vocal presence is at the same time dignified and personably approachable. She coasts in on a cloud of an official-sounding string section, and it’s like one of those people who is getting off the vehicle before it even stops moving. Hayes arrives and immediately establishes contact with the audience through a powerfully sweet vocal presence. She makes it look easy, just sort of letting the tones spill out of her.

The singer and the song are both up to task in “Got What I Gave.” If we’re to take the title literally, Hayes gives it all. There are some micro-melodies in the track, but most of it is an extended, linear mega-melody, granted its power by the springwater clarity of the performer’s voice. Elise Hayes gives it all, and we thank her for it.

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