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  • Megan Cao

Review: "Cherry on Top" - Ainsley Costello

“Cherry on Top” is a booming anthemic revenge piece about a relationship gone wrong, but with the pockets of hope that emerge. While there’s often so much negativity surrounding the end of relationships, Costello’s genuinely optimistic nature leads her to express her feelings as they are, leading to her sadness, anger, or hurt and then getting past them. Costello teaches us a valuable lesson in being the bigger person when relationships or friendships turn sour.

Costello’s classic bread and butter of pop, punk, and rock elements brim with her sassy attitude, clever lyricism, and catchy one-liners spread within the piece. As she nudges the line between the aggressive and powerful distorted guitars to the sweet ukelele was a fantastic stylistic decision. Her powerhouse vocals align perfectly with the just as hard guitars, but it’s her softer and sweeter side that truly adds something special to the track. Costello wears her inspirations openly, but her decisions to impart her own personality and uplifting lyricisms amidst her screaming and yelling of anger show how she’s building on the legacies of those before her.

Ainsley Costello is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter based in Seattle. Beginning to perform at the young age of 7 and with unaired performances on American Idol and the Voice at 13, she’s had a plethora of experience beneath her belt in recording songs and performing them. Winning the ISSA (International Singer Songwriter Association) Young Adult Artist of the Year in 2022, it’s clear that Costello has much to show us in the coming years of her career. “Cherry on Top” is a strong single to close out 2022, and it’s exciting to see what direction Costello embarks on in the coming new year.

Written By Megan Cao



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