Autumn is here! Which means that we will (try to) replace the dance summer hits with deeper and soulful RnB. If you haven’t heard about Summer Walker, she is a 23-years-old contemporary RnB singer-songwriter, who blew out with her mixtape “Last Day of Summer” back in 2018. The song “Girls Need Love”, featuring Drake, debuted at #87 on Billboard Hot 100 and became an instant hit.
A year later, Summer Walker is climbing the charts again. Her debut studio album “Over It” is out and is set out to become the #1 debut on Billboard charts. The Executive Producer of the album is London on da Track and the 18-song-tracklist features names like Bryson Tiller, 6LACK, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Usher, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Jhené Aiko. Prevailing slow jams and the late-night vibe, the album is all about love and women’s feelings.
“Over It” sets the tone for the whole album. Snappy yet emotional, she asks, “Am I really that much to handle?”. Summer’s favourite song of the album “Body” talks about the battle between the heart and mind when it comes to love. “Playing Games” (ft. Bryson Tiller) and “Anna Mae” addresses all the boys who “are acting shady” and play with women’s feelings while “Drunk Dialing”, “Me” and “Fun Girl” are honest, raw and intimate. “Come Thru”, featuring Usher’s “You Make Me Wanna” sample, and “Tonight” are about female desire. While “Like It” (ft. 6lack) attracts with its sensuality and seduction, “Just Might” (ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR) is impulsive and outspoken. “Stretch You Out” (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) discusses past lovers and disappointments and “Off of You” marks the end of being lovesick. “I’ll Kill You”, the very much anticipated duet ft. Jhené Aiko is praised by fans for setting the record straight: “If it ain’t me or your mama, shouldn’t be showin’ you no love”. “Nobody Else” is about being insecure in a relationship. The remix of “Girls Need Love” (ft. Drake), is a great finish, reminding that “Girls need love too”.
The album is more than relatable – it’s our thoughts and desires transformed into songs. Summer Walker takes you on a journey through the pains, pleasures and lessons of relationships while mesmerizing you with her voice. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, it’s okay. But if it does, I strongly recommend listening to the album. One of my personal favourites this year. I just can’t get “Over it”!
Overall, Summer Walker is definitely an artist to look out for and “Over It” proves that. But don’t take my word for it! Drake confessed that the album inspired him to write 2 new songs. If that isn’t enough praise, I don’t know what is! If you want to decide for yourself, the album is available now on Spotify, Deezer and Google Play Music.