The start of my album reviews – SweetSexySavage – Kehlani

Hello anyone that is reading this! (Hopefully you’re reading this?)

I have started to blog more now, partially as the start for an assignment for class, but also because I just have always wanted to have a blog. So I’m going to start doing it on a regular basis (hopefully). I’ve used the word “hopefully” twice now. Maybe I should change the title of my blog page to “Hopefully…”

Anyways, I was trying to think of something to blog about. I wanted to write about something that was passionate to me, but what? Then it hit me…MUSIC. I love music. I listen to it every day. I use it for so many reasons other than just listening. Music is my life. So I am going to use these next couple weeks to blog about albums that I discover/really like. I’m thinking that I want to write each week about an album I find that week, but I’m not sure if I’ll have enough albums to write about for five/six consecutive weeks…so I might just be lenient on that rule. Some weeks might be dedicated to older albums… who knows???


SO without further ado, I present to you the album I have picked to review first…

Kehlani — SweetSexySavage

Kehlani

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Keep On
  3. Distraction
  4. Piece of Mind
  5. Undercover
  6. CRZY
  7. Personal
  8. Not Used to It
  9. Everything Is Yours
  10. Advice
  11. Do U Dirty
  12. Escape
  13. Too Much
  14. Get Like
  15. In My Feelings
  16. Hold Me by the Heart
  17. Thank You
  18. I Wanna Be (Bonus)
  19. Gangsta (Bonus)

Wow. Okay. SO. There are a LOT of tracks on this album, which is the first thing that I love about this album. I love when I can listen to an album and not feel like I’ve gone through each song in only 30 minutes. My favorites off of the album are: Intro, Keep On, Distraction, Piece of Mind, Not Used to It, Too Much, and Get Like. This album has a lot of emotion and power behind it. I can’t stop listening to it.

In Intro, there isn’t actually any singing at all. It’s all spoken word by Reyna Biddy. One line states, “My condolences to anyone who has ever lost me, and to anyone who got lost in me, or to anyone who ever felt they took a loss in me.” In this song, she uses powerful sayings and words like these to apologize for her wrongdoings and to explain that she is a crazy woman, but who isn’t? She is just human. This intro is very powerful in my opinion.

When I first listened to Keep On, the beat is what pulled me in. It’s completely mesmerizing to me. I just want to tap my foot and shake my head whenever I hear it. The chorus goes, “And you just keep on taking me back, and I don’t know why you do ’cause I’m no good to you.”

Distraction is one of the singles off of this album. I love the instrumentals in this song. It’s so catchy! In this song she sings “Are you down to be a distraction, baby? But don’t distract me.” This is one of the first songs I heard from this era.

Piece of Mind is probably one of my favorites, if not my favorite song on the entire album. I love the lyrics. I love the instrumentals and beat. I love everything about it. My favorite part of the song is where she sings “At least I learned a thing or two about me and you. What we went through, it made me who I am. I can feel again, won’t be numb again.”

Not Used to It opens with a few piano notes and a jazzy sound, then just hits you with this dark, heavy beat. This intense beat remains throughout the entire song and flows so well with the lyrics.

Too Much. I think I honestly just like this one for two reasons: 1. It’s extremely catchy, and 2. I love the play on words that she uses in this song. “Too much, three much, four much, five much, too much for ya.”

In the song Get Like, Kehlani uses the lyrics “You’re the only one that I get like, you’re the only one that I get like this for.” I like those lyrics because I can definitely relate to them in a personal way. I’ve had those moments where you know that you only act a certain way or feel a certain way around someone, whether that’d be someone special or someone you don’t like very much.

All-in-all, I love this album. I can’t stop listening to it on repeat. I’m sure that my roommates know all the words by now, and are probably very annoyed with me. But guess what? I don’t care because this album is amazing.

So far, this is my favorite album from 2017.

H

UPDATE: MAY 8 — I SAW KEHLANI IN CONCERT IN CHICAGO LAST NIGHT AND I THINK I CAN DIE HAPPY NOW!!!!!!!!!!

Hunter Hanthorn