Sylvia Tosun, "Above All"

70 Billboard Rating

There aren't many Juilliard-trained sopranos releasing dance records, and Sylvia Tosun's "Above All" is all the more listenable because of that uniqueness. The songwriter and former Trans-Siberian Orchestra vocalist specializes in traditionally arranged cuts that recall the song structure of literate dance diva Kristine W, and her latest single makes the most of that strict format. "Above All" adopts a breezy trance-pop sound with staccato synth chords and the ticking of a clock in the background. The musical tidbits are enhanced by Tosun's breathy delivery of lines like, "The love we chased along a spiral staircase/Will lead us to the choice we're meant to face." With a single as strong as "Above All," Tosun can be filed alongside other electro-ethereal pop purveyors who know how to write a proper tune.

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