One of the nagging flaws hidden behind today’s flood of self-empowerment pop (“Born This Way”/”We R Who We R”/”Firework”/”Who Says?”) is that, despite all of their genuinely earnest pleas for positivity and self-love, sometimes it’s difficult to latch onto the solution without ever actually addressing the pain.

Enter Skylar Grey, the stellar songwriter behind the devastating melodies of such smashes as Eminem‘s “Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna)” and Dr. Dre‘s “I Need A Doctor (feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey)”.

After premiering her jagged, ’90’s angst rock-esque buzz single “Dance Without You” two weeks ago, the singer returns with “Invisible”–the lead single from her forthcoming studio album, Invinsible–which made its world premiere this morning on On Air with Ryan Seacrest.

“Even when I’m walking on a wire, even when I set myself on fire / Why do I always feel invisible?” Grey sadly croons above the slow-stuttering Alex Da Kid-produced beat and a sad, distant guitar strum, listing off an endless array of unhealthy tendencies and endless anxieties in the process.

While “Invisible” will probably one of the saddest songs to (potentially) impact radio in a while, the song demonstrates the beauty of embracing the hurt rather than swallowing her sorrows into yet another anthem: It’s a raw, visceral pain that doesn’t feel patronizing in the least–a far cry from being asked if I’ve ever felt like a plastic bag floating in the wind.

Skylar gets it. ‘Nough said.

Skylar Grey “Invisible” by igapromotion

  • http://twitter.com/charliekelso Charlie Kelso

    it’s kind of bland… she should’ve come with something better than Love the Way you Lie, since she has to call attention as she’s not that known, and this is not.

  • http://twitter.com/dylancx2 Dylan Cook

    She reminds me of Dido. I like it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674868222 Magdalena Szenfeld

    hahahahahaha i love this sentence: It’s a raw, visceral pain that doesn’t feel patronizing in the least–a
    far cry from being asked if I’ve ever felt like a plastic bag floating
    in the wind.
    exactly!!!

  • Rmoschouris

    This makes me feel like I just got pene ale vodka on a hot summer day and went to a park to eat it to cry in my sorrows as i see life starting another new day 

  • Williamdreams

    I love this song. Simple yet addictive.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/liliroquelin LiLi Roquelin

    Check out my cover of this song!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eSLhKaQcUs