REVIEW: Kehlani Drops Her New Album SWEETSEXYSAVAGE and it's FIRE!
1/27/2017 by Michaela P. Shelton
Last night bay area native Kehlani released her highly anticipated debut album SweetSexySavage. The deluxe version of Kehlani’s album contains 19 tracks and no features. She has been teasing the album for months releasing the singles CRZY, Distraction and Advice. Her fourth single, Undercover, which samples Akon’s 2006 hit “Don’t Matter,” was released earlier this month. Kehlani has been pretty consistent with material ever since the release of her successful mixtape You Should Be Here, which was released in early 2015. In 2016, her song “Gangsta” was featured on the Suicide Squad soundtrack and her mixtape was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
I personally love SweetSexySavage. The album begins with a poetic intro that serves as an apology for those left behind throughout Kehlani’s journey and then it transitions into an upbeat song titled “Keep On”. I personally did not like this track, but track #3 “Distraction” I like a lot. The soulful beat along with Kehlani’s lyrics makes this a sexy love song that will put you all in your feelings. The first single off the album “CRZY” is also a good track. The chorus is upbeat and makes me want to bust out into some Tinashe type dance moves (even though I have no rhythm lol). All the singles she has released so far I have liked and understood why it was selected.
“Personal” and “Advice” are also tracks worth mentioning. “Advice” speaks to me, because I have witnessed how most of the time people are great at giving others advice, but never follow their own. Kehlani sings “It's time to take my own, take my own advice, take my own advice. Need me to take my own, take my own advice, take my own advice.” This chorus comes after lyrics that describe an unhealthy relationship that needs to be ended.
My absolute favorite tracks on the album are definitely “Do You Dirty and “Hold Me by My Heart.” “Do You Dirty” is about a girl basically telling a guy don’t love me, because I am going to play you. I love this song, because it is similar to songs like “No Love” by August Alsina and “Don’t Tell me you Love Me,” by Big Sean, but the female reverse. I love the realness that comes from this track. It is like Kehlani knows herself and is being honest and letting the guy know what’s up. Another song that comes to mind when I hear this track is “Bad” by Wale and Tiara Thomas.
“Hold Me By My Heart” is my other top favorite, because it contains so much feeling and emotion. In this song you can really hear Kehlani’s vocal range and talent. The guitar playing in the background also makes this track so much deeper, along with Kehlani’s background vocals. It expresses the journey of recovery after being damaged from a broken heart.In conclusion, EVERYONE needs to listen to this album ASAP. Kehlani did a great follow up to You Should Be Here and the fact that she wrote every single song, shows that we are getting nothing but authenticity. Being able to express yourself is important for an artist and I am glad that her album is full of nothing but emotion , realness and sexy.
Michaela P. Shelton is Chief Lifestyle Editor of CSuiteMusic
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