It's unusual for an EP to receive much major label promotion, yet newcomer Ali Slaight's six-song debut, Trace The Stars, has gotten her cherubic face plastered all over Toronto billboards, utility poles and subway stations. The 20-year-old Berklee student happens to be the granddaughter of Allan Slaight and daughter of Gary Slaight, broadcasting moguls who sold their Standard Radio empire last year for a cool $1.08 billion.
The younger Slaight's voice is strong and versatile, but wasted on unadventurous songs. Apple Of My Eye attempts breezy Lily Allen (sans sass), Trace The Stars sounds like the theme song for a TV show about the tribulations of a kooky mother and her kooky daughter, while The Story Of Your Life takes clichés to a grating extreme - "What will you accomplish /Which way will the wind blow / For every door that closes / Find an open window."
Slaight will be making her family proud on Top 40 radio in no time.
Top Track: Apple Of My Eye