I haven’t fallen madly in love with an album since Camp. The first time I ever heard it, I fell crazy in love but this isn’t about that.. One of these days I’m going to write you guys an one thousand page paper on the glory of Gambino but today… Today is Fan friday and see the thing about some albums are that they are not just about music. They’re stories.
Souled Out is no different. It’s passionate, it’s realistic, and most of all it’s honest. Personally, I can’t say that the whole album is for me but I can say that this is my favorite among Jhene Aiko’s collection.
Souled Out Jhene Aiko Review:
Jhene Aiko lost her brother a little while back and she’s made it very vocal how close they were and what they shared. She also has a daughter who she’s featured in music videos alongside Childish Gambino (squeals) and her baby’s father O’Ryan. In each song and video on this album, Jhene gives us an up close look into her personal life and a bit of our own.
Why do I like it?
This album specifically speaks to my heart. If you’re a victim of loss at any point in your life, that never goes away. You never stop relating to anyone else’s loss. So, the moment I heard the song “W.A.Y.S.” I knew that I needed Kleenex. I knew it was going to hit home, this album. The lyrics to WAYS depicts a song about a woman who has experienced loss but is still picking herself up and finding herself despite it. Promises had the same effect on me. I felt like the more I listened to the album, the more I related. Even Lyin King ignited a fire in me. This album has the emotional works. I could find a line about myself in every track on the album.
What’s the best part about it?
To me, this record is for anyone who is experiencing change. It can be earth shattering, it can be small, but with Souled Out it is encouraged.
Where Did I First Discover the artist?
Shaelessly, I’ll admit that my love for Childish Gambino’s music is what brought me to Jhene. I’m fully aware that she had a career before that with a pretty impressive rap sheet, but I passed her up prior. (What can I say, I’m not easily impressed.) To me, Comfort Inn was like a soulful song that I could picture playing on the radio with Adele’s voice attached to it. That is, until I heard the extended version. That caused me to venture into Jhene Aiko’s discography which eventually led me to anticipate the next album’s review. I wanted to see growth. I wanted to see substance. I knew she had a lot of tracks about relationships but I wanted to hear Jhene.
I was not disappointed. I felt like I learned so much about myself through learning about Jhene.
Change is it inevitable. Why hold on to what you have to let go of? – Wanderer.
I wish your mother loved you like I could’ve. That way you would’ve known how to love a woman- Lyin King
There’s really no fail, there’s really no winning. – W.A.Y.S
If you asked me for my favorite quote, I’d send you whole songs. All I can say is this much.. If you’re a soul searcher… Someone who really wants to be in touch with themselves on a deeper level, Souled Out is really worth a listen. I mean, why else would I be fangirling about it!?
What’s your favorite album out right now?