Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Day 11 | Life on Earth x Musiq Soulchild


Artist: Musiq Soulchild
Album: Life on Earth (2016)

Listening to the radio, it's very rare that R&B in true form is represented. The popular motion is to re-create sounds and turn them into popular club bangers and vocalized rap. It's not to say that I don't like new age R&B sensations like Bryson Tiller and August Alisina, but sometimes I just crave a classic, R&B ballad about love and thriving relationships, which doesn't seem like the kind of topics people want to hear nowadays. That's when Musiq Soulchild came in and saved the day. 

Life on Earth is the most recent album release from Musiq Soulchild. I've always really loved his voice, but just like any other semi-retired artist who has been out of the game for a while, I didn't really know what to expect after a 5 year hiatus, especially since I wasn't a huge fan of the last album he put out. However, I decided to have an open mind and give Life on Earth a listen. Holding my breath, a couple of tracks in, I could feel the anxiety escape by body and inhaled the ease of listening to this record quite naturally.

Sounding a little like an open letter to "the one that got away", the topical culture represented isn't one that's popular or even relevant in the modern ways of dating. For some people, this album is out of touch with reality,  however, it's still refreshing to hear. It's a record which reminds this generation that serenading-your-woman-while-you-are-courting-her is still very much a possibility, that sexless R&B love songs still exists. 

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