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Single Review: Eliza – Livid
Music Critic Natasha Burden reviews a sultry new track from the artist formerly known as Eliza Doolittle
Eliza is back with her new single ‘Livid’. Taking a step away from her previous stage name, Eliza Doolittle, she is leaving her kooky, childish image in the past. After In Your Hands, which was released in 2013, and featuring on several other artists’ tracks, she disappeared, only to return in 2017 with two new singles, ‘Wide Eyed Fool’ and ‘Wasn’t looking’, followed by her 2018 single ‘Livid’.
“With the same enchanting vocal tone from her younger years, she now debuts a seductive new sound
These tracks are a big departure from the likes of In Your Hands and are certainly more modern and relevant to music today. ‘Livid’ features Eliza’s unique vocal tone that many of us will recognise, but in a totally different context, singing ‘Let’s get naked / There’s nothing to say here’ and ‘Your kiss is all I’m breathing for / ’Cause I’m so livid when I’m not living for love’. Eliza shows off the simplicity of the track in her live rendition of her new single on YouTube, which features just her and a guitarist, showing off her ability to hold a track together with just her voice.
Her audience having grown up, so has Eliza, and with the same enchanting vocal tone from her younger years she now debuts a seductive new sound, which, if preceding an album, will be a big change, and perhaps a bigger success than In Your Hands. This possible new album seems to come under her new branding as ‘Slink’, the brand name that she is selling underwear under, using her lyrics.
“Whilst this new song certainly consolidates Eliza’s progression as an artist, she hasn’t quite struck the right balance between her seductive simplicity and her passionate vocals
I would say that, whilst this new song certainly consolidates Eliza’s progression as an artist, she hasn’t quite struck the right balance between her seductive simplicity and her passionate vocals. The combination of this works better on her previous single ‘Wasn’t Looking’, which is an exciting track, reminding me more of the likes of NAO, Billie Eilish and AlunaGeorge than Take That, who she has previously supported on their tour. However, ‘Livid’ is still a great progression for Eliza, and it will be exciting to see what she produces from this new direction.