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Skylar Grey

Don't Look Down

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July 29, 2013

Holly Brook Hafermann is a lifer: She made folk LPs with Mom (see Generations), went solo in a Sarah McLachlan vein, and co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie." Skylar Grey is her bad-girl alter ego, and you've gotta love a pop star who titles a song about unplanned pregnancy "Shit, Man!" But even a goofy Eminem cameo (the "Allen Iverson of safe sex") can't save "C'mon Let Me Ride" from sounding like an over-the-top hookup plea, and "Final Warning," a domestic-violence drama, feels vaguely like tabloid fodder. The stirring "White Suburban" suggests Grey might, in the end, make a more convincing good girl.

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