Yaya Bey: Remember the North Star Album review
Bey’s focus on the past adds depth and context Remember your North Starher stories about the relationships in her life today. Her positions always move between come-ons and teardowns. On the trick “do not call me”, as she ponders loneliness after the breakup in an airy upper register, she describes an intensified sense of worship for a challenging lover: “Love you like cooked food, baby, you are a meal, “sings her voice with pitch shift,” costs only a few gray hairs / it’s stolen. “She constantly switches to different lyrical and vocal expressions, each of them more poetic and surprising than the previous one.” keisha “is a master class in melody , which uses the senses of R & B’s greatest assholes, while maintaining Bey’s cool style. t love me, ”she sings, merging self-confidence and vulnerability into one.
The oscillation between moods reflects Bey’s mind, and jumps from one thought to the next as quickly as she changes flow. Even the album’s frugal elements – a looseness in form and structure, the texture and lo-fi production of songs such as “street fighter blues” and the dub “meet me in brooklyn” – are in the service of reinforcing her words. Bey’s approach to writing a dissertation is free-form and conversation-oriented; she does not give you a roadmap, instead she establishes a mutual trust that her listeners will understand her more deeply than that.
Despite all the difficulties and complexities she works through, Bey also knows that there is no pain without joy. The album expands her scope towards more optimistic production, turn around Remember your North Star into an engaging, transformative listening that places it among other recent R&B albums that draw from neo-soul and hip-hop for experimental spare parts. “Pour Up” takes her to the dance floor, where she and Washington, DC producer DJ Nativesun envision a hedonistic night with a thick bass line and a thunderous beat. She sounds as natural in a hoarse setting as she does on the smoky prominent “alright”, where her stormy modulations achieve a dreamy weightlessness. Here, her message comes into focus, creating a mantra-like ointment over airy, rolling percussion and keys. “Doesn’t it feel like love is on its way?” Bey thinks, and makes the question a passionate affirmation for black women in all walks of life. Remember your North Star ensures that working through messy emotions and behaviors – whether inherited or learned – is integrated into receiving and giving love. With her agile voice and informal rhythms, Bey makes the process sound liberating.
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