After leaving the music scene in 2003 and returning in 2011 with mixtape .sailing soul(s) and Sail Out in 2013, R&B songstress Jhene Aiko dropped her debut album, Souled Out, today. Aiko is one of the biggest up-and-comers in the R&B scene right now, Souled Out being on both Complex Magazine and MTV‘s lists of the most anticipated albums of 2014.
In the past few years, Aiko has been featured on tracks by the likes of Big Sean, Drake, and J. Cole. With her latest release, Aiko’s talent speaks for itself and on most of the tracks her raw emotion carries them through without the need for big name rappers; however, “To Love and Die” feat. Cocaine 80’s and “Pretty Bird [Freestyle]” feat. Common are welcome additions. Another collaboration on the album, “Promises” features not only her daughter, Namiko, but also the previously recorded voice of Aiko’s brother, Miyagi, prior to his death in 2012. While all of her music is deeply personal, here the album hits an especially intimate note.
From start to finish, the album chronicles a transformation—one that Aiko’s velvety voice glides through. From heartbreak to healing, Souled Out runs full circle with pitfalls, day dreams, and victories along the way. Aiko is devilishly sly in the way her soft croons cut deep into her enemies (mainly men who have wronged her). Souled Out is a welcome retreat from the party, like those moments alone in the bathroom of the house party where you re-examine everything you’ve done wrong, or the silent walk home alone from your significant others’ house. Her tracks are pensive, resonant, and sometimes deceptively angry. Drift off with Aiko and you’ll be lost for hours.
You can download Souled Out: here
Listen to her full album below:
Here is the tracklist:
2. To Love & Die (Feat. Cocaine 80s)
3. Beautiful Ruin
4. It’s Cool
5. Lyin King
7. The Pressure
8. Eternal Sunshine
9. Limbo Limbo Limbo
12. Pretty Bird
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