Review: "Hate To Love You" - Eliza Bennett
“Hate To Love You” tells the story of Eliza Bennett’s move to sunny Los Angeles, California from the small town in England where she grew up. She has a love-hate relationship with her new home, along with the trials and tribulations that come with it. L.A. has become the “bad boyfriend she couldn’t leave." This is an all too familiar story to so many artists that come to the city of angels to chase their dreams. Bennett admits that she has tried to hate this city that has broken her, but she cannot give up on it. In the chorus she sings, “I’ll hate to love you//City of broken dreams// And yet you mend my tattered seams." This city has continuously beaten her, and yet it has also built her up. Her relationship with this city is an uphill battle, leaving Bennett wondering if her dream is worth the pain.
“Hate to Love You” has a freshness to it that cannot be replicated. The track compliments Bennett’s ethereal vocals with a production that is simultaneously unique and familiar. It feels like a comforting hug from a friend, but it is something not quite heard in modern music. The song starts with a soothing piano and violin melody, fitting perfectly with the vocals. The chorus begins with this classical influenced melody, but then switches to a modern pop beat that lights up the song. The song continues with this structure, which highlights the unique attributes of the song. “Hate To Love You” is an incredible addition to Bennett’s discography, continuing to show off her impressive ability to captivate audiences.
Eliza Bennett is an actress and a singer-songwriter from the UK. “Hate To Love You” is the debut single to her upcoming debut EP, Late Twenties. The EP included 5 tracks that highlight her journey over the past decade. In 2020, Bennett released a few standalone singles. However, she is not new to the music scene, nor the entertainment industry. Her song, “My Declaration” featured on the soundtrack for the 2008 movie, Inkheart, which Bennett also starred in. She has a long list of acting credentials, including starring opposite to Emma Thompson in the 2005 family movie, Nanny McPhee. Currently, she stars in the final season of the CW series, Dynasty, and is in production for the upcoming Paramount+ drama, Sexy Beast. Her movie, Do Revenge, will be out on Netflix on September 16. With a combination of both her music and acting, Bennett has a surplus of incredible talent to give to the world.
Written By Karlee Smith