Jorja Smith releases what could be one of the freshes debuts since Amy Winehouse’s debut album. With a fresh spirit for UK soul that smells like an supernatural fresh mint. Smith releases “Lost & Found”.
Everyone would be happy that the fact her debut “Where Did I Go” (where she D.I.Y her first visual), “Blue Lights” (the anthem that got her talking after using a classic Dizziee Rascal track) and “Teenage Fantasy” made it to the official tracklist. She enters through with a tender variations of her raspy yet unique vocal with the same track title “Lost & Found”. The steady drum beat against the intricate rhythm of the piano allows Smith to detail an unsecret love despite being unsure.
“Why do we all fall down with innocence?”
Indeed, the brutant honesty and wit about falling in love gives a sense of that adolescent immaturity to adult feelings and emotions. “Teenage Fantasy” continues this mature take on the puppy love in the times of adolescence and the mood swings associated with fantasy and reality. The understated message is just be yourself and work on yourself. The tempo changes with the alternative R&B/Soul with her debut single “Where Did I Go”, before giving a stripped back R&B with “February 3rd”. Once again, she’s taking instrumentals heard from common R&B tracks, such as violins, wavy riffs strings that against her vocals, which continue to shine through the track. This is a lead to “On Your Own”, which has a little reggae element with an atmospheric feel, with a build towards the chorus with the ethereal backing vocals. Next on the album we have “The One”, which is more theatrical soul fit for a movie soundtrack. Who knows what will happen eh? Judging by the violins and the fierce rhythmic take on the sambo drums. We think that this could be a future hit that can draw in new listeners. “Wandering Romance” takes things with the new skool soul with the ethereal keys and the repetitive rip. It’s an organic feel with a influence from nineties’ R&B in intricacy. “Blue Lights” gives a gritty take of life living in the city taken told from a female perspective when dealing with the current issues of discrimination and prejudice. “Lifeboats (Freestyle)” shows that’s there more to Smith, with those poetic lyricism channeling the late Lauryn Hill and young Lily Allen. It’s a smooth acoustic that allows you to think, and it’s that sense of acoustic is what leads us to “Goodbyes”. “Tomorrow” is a ballad whisked with heavenly tender harmonies from Smith.
The album cover alone (which was photographed by Rashid Babiker) was enough to think of this album as a fresh breath mint. It’s an album that has allowed to keep her sound R&B/Soul yet stripped back that allows her to shine through. She may not be Adele but she is to many the next Queen who’s down to earth with her humanist approach to UK soul.