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  • Kelli Dixon

Review: "Judge Away" - Olivia Penalva

From a young age, we are told: “don’t judge a book by its cover. As we grow up, even if we don’t admit to it, we misjudge people all the time. When you discount a person by an outward quality, you could be missing out on a valuable relationship. Similarly, when you get misjudged yourself, it can be a huge hit to your self-esteem. It is easier said than done, but you should embrace what makes you, you! Olivia Penalva writes a light, happy pop tune about doing just this!

The instrumentation in “Judge Away” was simple but well-done. The guitar hook and finger snaps make for a toe-tapping melody. Penalva also has a really strong voice. I liked how the inflection in her vocals flows with the music. Additionally, I also liked the rhyming in the lyrics. During the chorus, Penalva sings, “Judge away, judge away, judge away. Because I know in the end, it doesn’t matter what they say.” The rhyming words at the ends of these lines are catchy. It will be the part of the song that gets stuck in the listener’s head. Rather than be a nuisance, it will give the listener a mantra and make them want to listen to the song over and over!

Olivia Penalva is originally from British Columbia, Canada. If you want to hear more of her, you should check out “Love Me.” The single, released in October 2020, has acquired over 38 million TikTok views and 7 million views on YouTube. Her fans have covered her songs on highly acclaimed shows such as American Idol. In addition to singing and songwriting, Penalva is the owner of Isabelle Music Group. Hopefully, she can help other artists achieve big dreams!!

Written By Kelli Dixon



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