Review: Jess Moskaluke ‘The Demos’

Jess Moskaluke
The Demos
MDM Recordings

Jess Moskaluke has teamed up with an array of impressive writers for The Demos; proven hit songwriters such as Emily Shackleton (Reba McEntire, Carly Pearce), Liz Rose (Taylor Swift, Little Big Town) and Corey Crowder (Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young) to name just a few.

Moskaluke co-wrote every track on the record and teaming up with this hit list certainly paid off as the opening track Country Girls topped the Canadian Country charts. Lyrically there is no hiding her country roots as she sings about small town life on Mapdot or her cowboy boots in Nothin I Don’t Love About You but the majority of the album is masked in a heavy Pop production, aside from the odd token banjo. Melodically it has that pop sensibility too – the songs are built around big, catchy choruses and there are some clever lyrics and pay-off lines.

Vocally, Moskaluke is very strong, reminiscent of a young Carrie Underwood. The record showcases all sides of love with an up-beat backing track to accompany Moskaluke’s thoughts. Leave Each Other Alone features Travis Collins, the only duet on the album feels to be the centrepiece of the project. Boasting a strong chorus and passionate lyrics, Moskaluke and Collins sing well together. The Demos are just that, 8 songs that never made it onto other records. Unable to travel due to the Covid 19 restrictions these songs were polished up and produced virtually.

For a set of songs that never really made it onto Side A, it’s an impressive collection!

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