Kelela - Take Me Apart
Kelela's Take Me Apart
R&B artist Kelela’s debut studio album Take Me Apart dropped Friday, October 6, as what I would deem the most refreshing album released by a female R&B artist this year. The project’s tone, which has a spin of verbal nuances, was teased by the release of two major tracks: “Frontline” and “LMK.”
For those who are not familiar with Kelela, the Washington D.C. native surfaced in the music community in 2013 with the release of her mixtape Cut 4 Me. Two years later, she captured a strong audience with the release of her EP Hallucinogen, filled with sultry and straightforward lyrics, which she also presents in Take Me Apart.
Take Me Apart opens with “Frontline,” which was first released on the famed HBO series Insecure. “Frontline” sets the tone for the album as it is filled with lyrics conveying thoughts and affirmations she has made within herself. Kelela’s fans know her music to contemplate the love and relationships she once had. “Frontline” displays her growth as an artist and a woman. In this track she is suggesting that her lover move on. She does not want to go back or make room to forgive now that they want her on their time. It comes off as if she is giving the person a cold shoulder, but as the project progresses you realize it was just for the purpose of her own self-preservation.
“Blue Light” is another album standout. While the production on this track resembles some of her older songs, Kelela demonstrates her new vocal range not heard in her previous mixtapes and EPs. Lyrically, “Blue Light” is candid, but it’s also a complete diversion of the story the album has told so far. It opens with her saying “I’m guarded but open to me.” She acts like she doesn’t care anymore and gives up on holding out for this person. This is one of the most honest songs she’s recorded. It conveys her inner struggle of trying to let go of a troublesome love. “Blue Light”'s lyrics are realistic and very much relevant.
“Couldn't take it back even though you wish I could If you think I'm going back, you misunderstood Cry and talk about it, baby, but it ain't no use See you wasn't lookin' when I pushed Hold up, wait, you're fucking with my groove Gettin' on this plane, making moves Cry and talk about it, baby, but it ain't no use I ain't gonna sit here with your blues”
Take me Apart is a solid introduction for those who are unfamiliar with Kelela and her music. Her vocal talent stands out in an album with modern yet simplistic production.