Daya still may be fairly new to the music scene, but she certainly doesn’t seem like it. With three hit songs all before she hits 18, Daya has already proven to be one of pop’s next princesses — but her debut album, ‘Sit Still, Look Pretty,’ tells us that she’s much more than that. Read our review right here!
When you think of what a 17-year-old female pop singer sounds like, it’s something reminiscent of Britney Spears‘ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” or maybe Selena Gomez‘s “Naturally.” Sure, those are practically instant classics with their catchy head-bopping beats and bubblegum good-girl lyrics — but it’s not what Daya is looking to do with her music. While she may be 17, Daya isn’t going along with the stereotypes. She’s redefining what it means to be a pop princess, and it’s totally working.
Daya broke the “teenage pop star singing about a boy” mold with her breakout single, “Hide Away,” in which both the lyrics and composition of the song introduced the young singer as someone who wasn’t going to ever fit any kind of mold except her own. She presents a perfect amount of sass in an eloquent and unique way, which is a trend the title track “Sit Still, Look Pretty” continued upon its release as a single in March. And thanks to Sit Still, Look Pretty, it doesn’t stop there.
The album opens with a track called “Dare,” which is a verbal representation of the confident persona Daya had already established with her first two singles (“Dare me to lose, dare me to move/Dare me to run/And you can dare me to prove something to you/Is that what you want?”). “Talk” has the same feisty feeling, practically defining the original artist she is through lyrics (“I paint with different colors and never in the lines/There isn’t any other, I am the prototype”). Both tracks have an electronic influence like that of her Chainsmokers collaboration — and summer smash — “Don’t Let Me Down,” something that also helps set her apart from the typical female pop singer and carries throughout the album on songs like “Words,” “I.C.Y.M.I.,” and “Got The Feeling.”
Despite the “I don’t need anyone but me” vibe Daya has given off, there are some love songs included on the album. Yet most of them are sneakily romantic, like “Love Of My Life,” “U12,” or “Cool,” and frankly their lovey-dovey lyrics are outweighed by their catchiness as well as the prowess of the entire album. At the same time, though, one of the album’s standouts is perhaps the most real love song of the 14 tracks. Titled “Back To Me,” the album’s only ballad reveals Daya’s ability to dig deep emotionally while also showcasing her impressive vocal range that was a little overshadowed by the beats on the rest of the record.
But that’s not to say that Daya’s album doesn’t show what she can do musically. Maybe on her next album she’ll venture to do more flaunting of her singing power, but Sit Still, Look Pretty is a perfect way to kickstart her already successful career. The album proves that Daya can both create songs you want to dance around your room to, but also feel empowered at the same time — and that’s what’s going to get her up with the Britneys and the Selenas.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Daya’s new album?