Much like her earlier single Respect, Melanie Amaro is being guided in a pop-R&B crossover direction with the "pop" part being the emphasis. Proper single "Long Distance" aims the prodigiously talented Amaro in that driving pop direction. What would be the reasoning of such a big voiced singer being discouraged from R&B? The current R&B market and commercial fortunes. Being the winner of X-Factor Season 1 is not enough; now they must transform the show's star into a crossover star.
The result of "Long Distance" actually isn't bad - certainly more tasteful than a dance-version of "Respect" from a soft drink commercial. Rhythmic keyboard/synthetic patches coupled with pounding beat gives the cut solid production without sounding 'cheap.' That said, it is not anything we haven't heard, particularly with numerous pop divas. Vocally, Amaro sounds quite impressive and commanding. The background vocals add extra weight to the gargantuan chorus, which is also memorable enough, though "not the second coming."
The verdict ultimate? It's solid, Amaro sings it well, but I don't know how well it will perform, particularly given a crowed market. Nothing for a talented artists like Amaro to hang her head about. But as will all of her X-Factor colleagues, it may or may not be enough to incite pop stardom.
- Original Release Date: December 11, 2012
- Release Date: December 11, 2012
- Label: Syco Music/Epic
- Copyright: (P) 2012 Simco Ltd. under exclusive license to Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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- Total Length: 3:49
- ASIN: B00AGRCQPY
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings