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album review: middle child

As soon as Afraid, the opening track and lead single from Ice Cream Everyday, hits the ground running with its thumping drums and rhythmic bassline, what immediately strikes the ear is how fresh the production sounds. Amel’s husband and sole producer, Laru, did an impressive job of creating intricate yet melodic soundscapes that complement without overpowering her effortless vocals. In interviews, Amel has cited both underground and mainstream artists such as Georgia Anne Muldrow, Toro y Moi, Drake, Miguel and Rihanna among her favorites and this album makes it evident that it’s not just lip service coming from an oblivious independent R&B/Soul artist; she is both aware and knowledgeable of her musical surroundings and manages to subtly use the influence of these peers in ways that enhance the depth and appeal of her sound. Coupling that with her vivid lyricism and the end result makes for her most memorable album yet. Keep Reading >>

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