SweetSexySavage – Kehlani (TSNMI/Atlantic, 2017)
Kehlani opens the album with a powerful superwoman speech, where she speaks from the depths of her soul, expressing herself about womanhood. “I’m afraid you’re under the impression that I was made to please you. I was under the impression you understood me better. The truth is, I’m superwoman.” The title SweetSexySavage defines the album perfectly. Kehlani’s confidence shines through in every track with her sultry R&B voice. Her sexyness and sweetness are apparent, and her sassy, raw attitude is reflected in the lyrics. “Keep On” is that feel-good R&B track where she sings in all honesty of how she hasn’t been the best in a relationship. A common theme throughout the album is personal relationships, with catchy R&B and pop ballads to groove to. In “Piece of Mind,” she sings about taking a step back from her strong emotions. Her style is somewhat reminiscent of singer Jhené Aiko. It’s Kehlani’s beautiful, soft voice and sassiness that make this album a joy to listen to.
Trial Track: “Piece of Mind”