As the year is coming to an end, this fall has been my favorite moment for music this year. There has been an R&B wave from various artists that I am really enjoying. Each one of these artists came through with heartfelt projects.
Daniel Caesar started us out with his debut album “Freudian”, an exploration of love and its various stages. The project is the most beautiful thing I’ve heard all year and is comforting in a way. My personal favorite is “Blessed” it was easily added to my “wedding playlist”. He admits to his imperfections singing “yes, I’m a mess but I’m blessed to be stuck with you” ending the song singing compassionately that he’s coming back home. My favorite thing about the album is its gospel undertones, he sampled the great Kirk Franklin’s “Hold Me Now” on his song “Hold Me Down”. Daniel crafted an amazing album that will leave you wanting to fall in love.
Sabrina Claudio released her anticipated album About Time this fall. Like Daniel, she also showcases her journey through love and her appreciation through the ups and downs. The project has the same soothing sound as her debut album Confidently Lost but a different theme of course. In her first EP, Sabrina is all about how gratifying her solitude is, with this project she stays consistent with the concept of time/falling in love throughout the project. “Frozen” is my favorite from the project, it’s really simple but perfect. Sabrina is an amazing writer and I’m pleased with this album because I was bit nervous that I wasn’t going to love it as much as Confidently Lost.
And the sun will be shining, the flowers still are blooming, the leaves will turn again but time will be frozen for us.
DVSN, Jhene Aiko, Kelela, Brent Faiyez and Ty Dolla $ign also are among the R&B artist that dropped projects this fall. DVSN finally released their sophomore album, Morning After. The storytelling on the album is precise, the last three songs on the album and my personal favorites “Claim”, “Body Smile” and “Conversations in a Diner” could be a short film. H.E.R. has just released “Vol. 2. B-Sides” and of course it’s good because she never misses. I truly appreciate her consistency.
Brent Faiyez released his solo album Sonder’s Son that had me shook from start to finish. The album is a coming-of-age story, he goes from being young and dumb in high school to chasing his dreams in L.A. The project is so authentic and relatable, a great start for his solo career.
Currently, I cannot stop listening to The Trip. Jhene Aiko surprised us last month with a 90-minute long project after three years. It took me awhile to get through the 22-tracks but after almost a month, I’m obsessed. Self-discovery and inner peace are some of the topics on The Trip, she stated in an interview with Playboy that “the album is inspired by every trip you can imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic.” My personal favorites are “New Balance”, “Never Call Me” and “Nobody”. I love how personal and lyrical “Nobody” is, especially the end of the song. You can tell Jhene took her time with this project.
If you haven’t heard any of these projects yet, I suggest you get to it and thank me later.