by Germar Derron
To know you is to love you. Finally, I get that expression. I may love this project, but more importantly, I just can't imagine anyone hating it; there's just too much talent and beauty here. When "Today" starts, my head starts bouncing. It sounds like everything good about vocals, synths, drum tracks, and acoustic guitars and on one track, and it works. But the album doesn't sound like that.
The album doesn't really sound like any one thing. Usually, that's not a complement. This is like the dance/electronic version of hip-hop's mix tape, but with professional production, and much better mixing and mastering. She sings in a variety of styles--well. The album sounds like a trip through time, and around the world, and without feeling contrived or "appropriating."
I guess my (I'm not going to complete this sentence). I'm currently listening. "Slow Ur Roll" is on. I just jumped up and shouted "this sh!t is hot!" So yeah, it's like that. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this album gives me all the feels. I love Ellie Goulding. This is like that, but more experimental and with a voice that has more warmth and maturity.
She has an absolutely beautiful voice. I think "beautiful" a lot, when I think of this album. The production is beautiful. The cover art is beautiful. The music videos are beautiful. And I can't pretend that it doesn't matter that she is beautiful.
Let's revisit "Today" which must be my favorite track. I understand now. It's not dance or electronic or "legit" pop. It's more like the rock that I like. The music video portrays this, as do the lyrics. It's like "lady-" Strokes, Rooney, Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse . . . . I can't wait for it to come on my Pandora stations. Is this even indie? It's like they're cheating.
Aradia "Citizen of Earth" is "on fire" (and that track's hot too).