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Sometimes, I’m putting together a project that’s totally unrelated to this blog, and I happen to stumble upon something wonderful. In this case, I’m working on a final documentary for my Gender Studies class – you’ll see it soon – and I discovered Ella Starr, R&B and neo-soul singer extraordinaire. Her self-titled album is seriously intricate and smooth.
The first thing that sticks out to me about this album is definitely Starr’s voice – it’s seductive, suave, and smooth. Her harmonies are borderline unreal, and she has this kind of effortless tone that’s absolutely fascinating for someone who understands the struggle that can be singing. Underneath her poetic lyrics, thumping percussion and cool synth make otherwise emotional songs into a “bop”, as the kids would say.
Once you get past the strangely upbeat emotional sound, Starr’s lyrics are really relatable like This Isn’t A Love Song‘s, “Nine times out of ten you’re on my mind cause I think you’re incredible” or Fantasy Love‘s, “We swear/we lie/we laugh/we cry/oh, we live/we die/oh, we survive/but still, we dream”. Barring these lyrics, each song has a similar sound – except for the last track, Summer Rain, with its brassy trumpet.
Although Ella Starr can get repetitive, that’s okay – because Starr’s voice seems to be inherently suave and seductive, and the intricate instrumentals are captivating. I’ve been listening to this to calm me down lately, and I can’t wait to interview her for this class project. Keep an eye out for updates on the interviews!