For the past week, I’ve been trying to write a review for Language by Starchild & The New Romantic. The writing has been going – or hasn’t been going, really. There have been distractions, like naps, trying not to sweat, Prince videos, Netflix and more Prince videos, etc.
I will just tell you what I like about this album. That seems simple enough.
What I like about this album
- It’s not cheesy. It’s not without romantic sentiments but the songs are more subtle than the usual R & B tracks.
- I like Black Diamond. It’s a little bit disco and a little DeBarge. If you don’t know DeBarge, go to Google immediately. I tend to get sidetracked by Chico DeBarge. It is what it is. I’m totally going to watch Chico in between Starchild and Prince videos.
- The songs do not all sound the same. I love it when an album has variety. Black Diamond is not like Ophelia’s Room which is not like Some People I Know. They are all great songs in their own way.
- Watch this video!
Starchild and The New Romantic on bandcamp
I consider my sound Universoul or Soul/Fusion. For most of my childhood gospel was the only music I was allowed to listen to. I grew up in a pretty strict religious family. Once I was older and able to experience music in it’s entirety for myself, I basically went nuts to say the least. lol! I was a sponge for to every type of voice, sound and genre of music. Everything was fascinating. I gave myself my own music history lessons through documentaries, biographies as well as performance footage from almost every great artist from the beginning of the blues and jazz era all the way leading up to today’s hip hop. And of course everything in between. That was the most inspiring and confusing time as a young artist trying to find myself and sound. After one identity crisis after another I eventually surrendered to my overwhelming eclectic music palette. Instead of trying to control, I learned to balance and blend my influences. And that’s truly one of the main concepts I also apply to daily life. We as human beings so often try to control every single thing or don’t realize we have any control at all. But I believe it’s all about balance at the end of the day. We’re molding our life through our intent, thoughts and actions as we speak. However, life is an experience none the less so I try my best to just experience it as well as experiment with it. I encourage you all to do the same!
Check out the vibe on my latest project, “Love Is Free” as well as my singles “Wha Wha Song”, “Khadijah” and “Pudding Proof” OUT NOW on all digital platforms.
The Unkh. Website
Lady Wray’s Queen Alone came out in 2016 but I just found it today. It’s not a secret that I love old school R&B/soul singers like Chaka Khan. Some singers are real beyond their talent and it shows in their music.
Lady Wray reminds me of all of those chicks from the 70s who really put their heart out there for everyone to hear. There’s also a hint of the Jackson 5 in the music.
She has had some success in the past but due to some minor setbacks, it took awhile to get her career going. It would be a shame to not listen to Lady Wray. So go out and listen to this album, follow her on Twitter, go see her shows. She is worthy of all of your devotion.
Lady Wray is magical.
Lady Wray on Twitter
Lady Wray on Spotify
Queen Alone album
Lady Wray “Do It Again” video. Youtube