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Nov 07, 2019

Summer Walker’s Debut ‘Over It,’ One of the Best Albums of the Year

The 23-year-old sensation Summer Walker recently released her debut album Over It and has turned the industry upside down with its debut, premiering at No 2. on the Billboard 200 amid garnering 134,000 equivalent album units in its first week, according to Billboard, thus earning this album one of the largest streaming weeks ever for an R&B album by a woman. Those numbers are not only impressive but virtually unheard of. The only other woman to top those numbers was Beyoncé with her infamous album Lemonade but let’s also take notice to the fact that, that was not The Queen B’s debut album but indeed her sixth. – There’s something unorthodoxly infectious about Summer Walker. She crafts R&B music like something straight out of the 90’s making this body of work inevitably nostalgic. It reminds me of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album in that this project sounds like one continuous record. I am not saying that each record sounds the same, but that they can be played together continuously – you don’t need to skip any records. In this generation, with its quick-whit attention span, it’s rare that most people listen to an album in its entirety. However, Summer Walker has cultivated a body of work that forces you to listen from beginning to end, each record a dose of another tale rather that be of love, betrayal, rage or acceptance.

Jun 28, 2019

365 Days Of Summer

While I come from Hip Hop, and grew up in love with hardcore lyricists, I have always been drawn to and able to appreciate R&B as well. Growing up in the 90s, what most people view as the golden age of both genres, no-one could ignore the talent all around the industry. In particular, my older sister introduced me to many of my favorite artists growing up. Being a black woman, it was natural for her to play music from the true R&B queens all over the house. These artists included, Mariah Carey, Brandy, Monica, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, the list goes on. Amongst these women, no-one stood out more than the queen of R&B Soul herself, Mary J Blige. Her relatability, vulnerability, tone and rawness set her apart. Today, we have many descendants of her style of music. From Jhene, to Snoh Aalegra, H.E.R. etc., we may be in a rebirth of an R&B golden era. Today, no-one encapsulates that same soul, vulnerability, honesty and passion in her music more than the one and only Summer Walker. The Atlanta, Georgia singer and songwriter is my favorite R&b artist right now, mind you this a three-way tie. Nonetheless, I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for this woman. Not only is her music amazing, her songwriting is top notch, and she’s a pretty entertaining follow on Instagram. I first learned of Summer Walker early in 2018 from a popular podcast. They played her song at the end of an episode. I can’t remember the song, but it was one of the following records, “Deep,” “Session 32,” or “CPR.” Whichever song it was, it wasn’t long enough, and I listened to it repeatedly. Going further, I immediately went and found the other songs she had released. All three of these songs are amazing, and unfortunately too short. On occasion, this would be a regular conversation about her songs. While the length of her records were bothersome to me at first, I’ve softened my stance on this at time has passed. A shorter and concise record accomplishes two things. For one, it makes me want to play it again, and again, and again. Secondly, it allows an artist to create freely and get their thoughts out without forcing emotion or lyrics. And when I thought of that, it made me appreciate and love Summer even more.

May 31, 2019

An impressive R&B album portraying a wide range of emotions with several short lasting tracks

Last Day of Summer is the debut studio album by the American R&B singer-songwriter Summer Walker that was released in October 2018 through LoveRennaisance and Interscope Records. The twenty three year old R&B musician from Atlanta, who recently started her music career getting inspired from musicians like Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, and Erykah Badu, stuns her listeners with her extremely impressive debut album. The genre has been described as Alternative R&B. In this album, she has highlighted strong R&B driven tracks as well as charming and soulful cuts. The album has a total of twelve tracks and an overall time length of approximately twenty eight minutes. However, a remix version of one of the tracks “Girls Need Love” was added in the streaming edition of the album. The longest track in the album runs for four minutes and ten seconds, and the shortest one is just thirty nine seconds. The album is usually made up of short-lasting tracks, where only three out of twelve tracks run for more than three minutes. The album mostly received good reviews from various critics. Donna-Claire Chesman, Editor of DJBooth, claimed that this is a successful work that delivers a vast pool of emotions. Chuck Ramos for Ones To Watch praised the album saying that it showcases the musicians ability as a talented vocalist, songwriter and also said that this album is a “transparent display of her thoughts and feelings on confidence, doubt, love and womanhood”. HNHH (Hot New Hip Hop) said that the album is “a winding composition that sees Summer Walker taking on sexuality, face tats, and everything else that could possible fall in between”. However, many listeners might not like the fact that many of the songs are very short, quick and therefore lack depth. The album was more or less successful commercially, as the album peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200 music chart and at number 25 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums. It was also featured in the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Overall, being the debut album of a young musician like Summer Walker, this has received significant success and positive reviews.

Written by @Soulbyweekly from SoulByweekly

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