The Voice top 11 review: Sarah Grace, DeAndre Nico, more perform!

The Voice 15Tonight, The Voice top 11 are hitting the stage in order to impress America — and with that, we’re hoping that there is some more variety with what we end up seeing! Fingers crossed for more upbeat music, a few less ballads, and a chance to learn more about some musical sensibilities.

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Take a look below at our take on some of the acts from the show overall!

Dave Fenley, “Use Me” –  This just didn’t work. A corny arrangement and based on everything that we’d seen so far, this wasn’t his style. It felt more like a fun dad at a karaoke party. The vocals were at least good. Grade: C-.

Chevel Shepherd, “Space Cowboy” – Good song choice. This was a nice contrast to everything that we saw from her last week, and while we don’t think she made it as memorable as she could have, there was a lot to like throughout this in terms of her tone. Grade: B.

Reagan Strange, “Complicated” – We don’t hate the song choice in theory, since we don’t want someone to go out and do ballads every week. Yet, this just felt too innocent for a song that is supposed to be edgy and kind of angry. She’s just not at that place and this just didn’t work because of it. Grade: C.

Kymberli Joye, “Break Every Chain” – We knew that there would be FIERCENESS in every single line of this. What we love is that we didn’t just get these songs from her every week; they feel a little more special because of that. Kymberli’s best vocal of the season, and that’s saying something. Grade: A.

Kirk Jay, “Body Like a Back Road” – This was a weird song choice since it wasn’t pure country, but Kirk made it into something that was kinda-country. We still don’t think that this song plays super-well for audiences in 2019 but Kirk did make it his own give it a unique sound. Grade: B-.

Chris Kroeze, “Long Train Runnin” – This was a fairly straight-forward arrangement of a really good song, but thanks to Chris’ signature tone and also his musicianship, this still felt like one of his better performances all season. Grade: B+.

Lynnea Moore, “Consequences” – This was Lynnea’s best performance to date! This song isn’t one we’re super-familiar with, but we did get reeled in to her performance and felt like she understood and meant the words. A great step up. Grade: B+.

MaKenzie Thomas, “Emotion” – We didn’t feel a lot from this. MaKenzie put a good bit into it, but we’re not sure that this song did a whole lot for her that we haven’t seen already. It was also pretty dated and didn’t feel refreshing. Grade: C.

Sarah Grace, “Dog Days Are Over” – GREAT song choice. Sarah felt the lyrics, she connected to it, and she had a really cool way that the stage was organized around her. She showed something new while also doing a song that was upbeat and fun. A nice change from last week. Grade: A-.

DeAndre Nico, “Cry for You” – This was an old-school song, and we think that if you love ’90s R&B music, you probably think that this was sensational. However, if you aren’t anywhere near a fan of this particular musical styling on this same level, you may have felt somewhat lost in what was really happening musically. Grade: B.

Kennedy Holmes, “Greatest Love of All” – This was a tough song and there were a lot of reasons why this shouldn’t have worked — including that it was yet another big ballad and we’ve heard plenty of them. Despite Kennedy being really young, she actually captured the song and understood that it wasn’t just all about runs. It was about just hitting the notes and resonating the lyrics. Grade: A.

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