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Review: "Sorry Excuse" - Ann Gray

Ann Gray’s poetic storytelling tugs on the heartstrings of listeners in her latest single, “Sorry Excuse”. She was inspired to write the track after reading the classic novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, for school. She was fascinated with the concept that the main character could see their love interest in “everywhere and in everything,” including “things as small as individual blades of grass.” In the first verse, she sings, “In every single parking lot// I think I see the silhouette of you// In every grocery line I hear your// Pre-planned pick-up lines.” She continues in both verses to describe the mundane situations that remind her of her partner. Furthermore, Gray uses imagery throughout the track to paint a vivid picture of a toxic relationship where the narrator yearns for their former partner, but recognizes that they are no good for them. Many of these lyrics provide dark depictions of this toxic person that they cannot let go of, bringing tears to listeners’ eyes. In the bridge, Gray sings, “Remember New Years Eve// The alcohol on your breath// Started yelling at me in front of all my friends// Excuse you, I made excuses for you.” The vulnerability in these lines reveal the extent of the emotional abuse the narrator endured, shattering the hearts of listeners. The track provides an overwhelming sense of comfort for those that resonate with the grim lyrics, reminding them that they are not alone in these emotions. Gray’s imaginative storytelling in “Sorry Excuse” further proves her impressive songwriting, comparable to the likes of veterans in the industry.

“Sorry Excuse” is a melancholy ballad consisting of vulnerable lyrics and an ethereal production. The track starts with the acoustic guitar setting the tone of the song. Gray utilizes fingerpicking to create a soothing melody before she kicks off the verse with the heartbreaking lyrics. Throughout the song, the listener is blown away by her harmonizing vocals that enhance the heavenly atmosphere of the track. The combination of the emotional storytelling and Gray’s airy voice creates a tear-jerking effect on the listener and sends chills throughout their entire body. “Sorry Excuse” is the epitome of a sad-girl indie-folk ballad, perfect for rainy winter days. Gray solidifies her impeccable artistry with the track, creating a song that will be on everyone’s favorite playlists.

Ann Gray is a 16-year-old singer-songwriter from Norfolk, Virginia. When the global pandemic hit, she turned to social media to share her music by posting on Instagram, doing livestreams, and performing for virtual music festivals and open mics. In July 2021, she released her debut EP, Foolish, which consisted of 6 original tracks. After releasing several more singles, Gray took a break from releasing solo music, and released an EP with her cousin, Viv Golpira, under band name Times New Roman. The EP, entitled Calibri, consisted of 5 original tracks written by the duo. Currently, Gray is promoting her solo music with “Sorry Excuse” being her latest single from her upcoming album, The Half Of It, set for release on January 27th.

Written By Karlee Skipper



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