Skylar Grey projects the kind of unshakable cool that suits fighter pilots and neurosurgeons well. For singers, though, it's kind of a drawback. And throughout Grey's long-awaited debut "Don't Look Down" (Interscope), you keep waiting for her to show some emotion -- any emotion.
The closest we get to one is playful in the oddly defiant "C'mon, Let Me Ride," which features Eminem, who served as the album's executive producer. Grey, who co-wrote Em's Love the Way You Lie," has a good voice, but she seems intent on draining all passion from it, even in the murderous "Final Warning" or the heartbroken "White Suburban."
"Don't Look Down"
BOTTOM LINE Well-crafted but slightly robotic pop