Danielle Knoll Alive in New Album
A 90’s pop and rock inspired product from Toronto, Danielle Knoll sounds melodic and brave in her six-track EP Alive. Singing over a contagious mix of hooky bass lines and catchy choruses with memorably husky vocals, Knoll sounds fantastic in her element. By the end of this EP, you will not only feel alive, but you will surely be craving more from the Toronto singer.
The record starts off with the eponymously titled “Alive,” and while we may have a little concern with the production as Knoll’s voice doesn’t necessarily mesh as well with the instrumental as it could, all is forgiven once the track breaks into euphoric chorus. The lyrics can come off a little cliche as well, but it makes for a conventional and easy entry point into the album for all fans.
“Voices” shifts gears welcomingly, with Knoll holding nothing back and switching from an upbeat party groove into something more angsty. Here, she echoes elements of Shania Twain in her poppy Up prime, all while lending a more modern edge to the song. “Knoll” sounds elegant here, her voice majestically cruising along one of the tighter instrumentals on the album. Needless to say, the emotion of the song carries well here, with Knoll showing off just how dynamic of a performer she is.
Once again we shift gears back to sugary pomp, with “Dance All Night” perhaps making the argument that it should have been the first track on the album. This one has more of a groovy disco flair, with Knoll crooning confidently over a catchy and flirtatious bass line. The chorus is hooky and melodic, one that will surely set dancefloors ablaze. This track has the potential to really strike a fiery chord with audiences.
“This War” goes back to the angsty side of Knoll, and it sounds just as melodic and elegant as before. Knoll’s vocals sound absolutely on point here, perhaps her best performance on the record, whose voice and emotional prowess is comparable to Kesha’s performance in Zedd’s “True Colors.”
“Flake” on track five might feel a little weird to sing along since the hook is literally “you are such a flake,” but the song’s chorus is a wash of euphoria that showcases another of the record’s more tight instrumentals.
The record ends with “Confetti,” an upbeat stomper that indeed sounds like it was ripped from right out of the 90’s. With one of the more uplifting choruses on the record, “Confetti” closes off the album on a bombastic note, a celebratory anthem that indeed calls for confetti.
Alive is a solid EP, marred by very little and supplemented by a lot. Knoll’s performance is strong and confident, her voice riding along tightly for the most part with an album that is pretty well produced. There’s maybe a few blips in production where Knoll and the instrumentals don’t mesh well, along with some questionable songwriting at a few points here and there, but for the most part Alive is an undeniably gutsy effort from the Toronto artist. Danielle Knoll’s Alive is a record that commands your attention, and we eagerly await for more.