â€œNonstopâ€ is the focal point on the â€œThis Is Lifeâ€ EP, and this track is something that acts as a great introduction to Estrella Cristina. This is due to the eclectic composition of â€œNonstopâ€, which takes on a wide body of work in the formulation of Cristinaâ€™s sound. There are hints of classic alternative artists like Natalie Cole, Jewel, and Lisa Loeb just as there are subtle touches of contemporary artists like Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. â€œNonstopâ€ is three and a half minutes of pop perfect, a delight that opens listeners up for the different facets of Cristina.
â€œIn Between Daysâ€ takes listeners on a different journey, but Cristina has the talent to link together the two distinct approaches taken in a fulfilling way. â€œIn Between Daysâ€ is so different because takes a classic Cure track and imbues it with just enough of her soul to make it into something special. While I would not think I could hear a cover of a Cure track that is competitive in terms of quality with the original, Cristinaâ€™s â€œIn Between Daysâ€ is neck and neck with the Robert Smith version. â€œThis Is Lifeâ€, the titular track for the EP, ends off the festivities. Cristina is smart here by placing this track at the end for a number of reasons.
First, listeners are more familiar with Cristinaâ€™s work and can give her a little more attention than would be the case if she lead the EP off with the track, while the track itself works as a bridge between what is present on this CD and what will ultimately be par for the course on her upcoming full length. â€œThis Is Lifeâ€ is emotionally intense and showcases Cristina flipping the script yet again; where the previous tracks either blended together the vocal and instrumental or gave more of a focus to the instrumental side, this final track relies heavily on the harmonies crafted by her capable voice. Where a number of artists just do not have the chops to make a solid song with such a load on their shoulders, Cristina is able to make a track that stands above the works put out by other contemporary artists.
Top Track: Nonstop
Estrella Cristina â€“ This Is Life EP / 2009 Self / 3 Tracks / http://www.estellacristina.com