RATING: 10 / 10
Genre: Ambient Pop, Soul, Trip-Hop
Songwriting: 10 | Music: 10 | Vocals: 10
Location: Los Angeles, California
You’re about to find out why this is the first perfect review I have published since October 2015. People like Ramsey don’t come a dime-a-dozen in today’s music business. A lot of people make cookie-cutter music just so they can say they’re an artist, but not Ramsey; she makes real, heartfelt, and meaningful songs that you can feel in your soul. Her voice stroked my eardrums both gently and harshly, leaving me conflicted and feeling cheated by mainstream radio outlets who incessantly ignore how rare and incredible an artist like Ramsey is.
By far the best female pop vocalist I’ve heard in a very long time, Ramsey makes me feel the same way I feel everytime I hear Lauren Hill, Pink, and Brandy sing. All of them sound totally different from one another, but they all (Ramsey included) capture my undivided attention and I fall in love with their voices, music, and songwriting over and over again.
This album has so much weight to it, and literally every song is incredible. I could not pick a favorite track, but for the sake of being more detailed about why I love her entire sound, I will dissect the track “See You Bleed” since I’ve been playing it on The Miews podcast. Vocally, my Lauren Hill and Brandy references speak to the oxymoron that is Ramsey’s raspy but clear vocals; something I’ve never understood, but as a producer, have always appreciated. More reminiscent of Brandy than Lauren, Ramsey’s vocal arrangements are layered perfectly, while the breathiness in her delivery showcases how much control she has over her lungs while singing. My Pink reference speaks strictly to the fact that Ramsey sings with a great deal of power and sincerity. While her music is not in the same genre as Pink’s, like the Grammy-winning singer, Ramsey has a great deal of moxy and clearly states what she wants out of life.
Musically, I was floored by the entire project. The fact that Ramsey composes, produces, and performs all of her own music just makes me an even bigger fan; and I can’t forget to shout out Darryl Swann (Macy Gray) who co-produced Ramsey’s songs “Cover Up” and “Slave”. The instrumental complexities, colors, and arrangements play out in such a dramatic fashion that you can picture a series of Broadway themes coming to life in every track. Ramsey’s use of trip-hop drum sounds alongside both ambient and R&B keyboard arrangements culminates in the grandest emotional rollercoaster ride you will likely experience all year.
I dare you to listen to this young ladies music and disagree with what I’ve said here. If you disagree with me, then just know that you are entitled to being wrong on this one.