Imbued with a melodic, soulful, and passionate energy, Angel Sessions shows off both grace and swagger in her newest album I’m Who I Am. Sessions has an absolutely delectable voice, which melts pleasantly on each track to deliver a feel good R&B soundscape from yesteryear.
The album opens up with “I Got Eyes For You,” an accessible intro that shows off a pleasant 90’s infused flair. Its swagger and lyrics sound as if the track was pulled right out of the decade. “I’m Who I Am” follows up as an upbeat and anthemic romp which sounds good as both a dancefloor track and a personal theme song. Right at the album’s opening, Angel Sessions shows off a fearless energy that comes out stylish and melodic.
“Open Up Your Eyes” continues the album’s upbeat and youthful viciousness before going into “Not Today,” a passive aggressive song that is pleasant and easy to vibe to. Sessions’ performance sounds great as she sings along to a guitar-laden beat that the listener will find themselves floating away on, even though Sessions is deceptively angry here.
Sessions’ graceful anger continues in “What Goes Around,” a song with anthemic potential supplemented by performances from Piper.
After a brief and dancey interlude featuring Shardella Sessions, “Asta La Vista Bye Bye” comes in on track 7. This Spanish-inspired track is catchy with a melodically angry hook that will really captivate audiences. Sessions sounds stylish all throughout this track that is rife with radio accessibility.
“Clean Your Act Up” is another track packed full of attitude, supplemented by a catchy piano instrumental and a contagious hook.
“Give My Love” slows down the album at a welcome pace, giving a much needed ballad that trickles full of 90’s heartwarming sounds. Sessions’ crooning sounds blissful here as she sings softly over a retro-inspired R&B instrumental. Its softer feel is a welcome contrast from the more melodic anger that dominates much of the album.
Track 11 has one of the best performed songs in “Your Still The Same,” a melodic ballad that shows off some fantastic harmony work and has wonderful inklings of Toni Braxton.
Sessions then shows off a 90’s dance flair in “Sexy,” a track that brings back the stylish aggressive energy of the album.
“Forever Mine” closes off the album, a soulful R&B ballad that shows off some sweet instrumental lead by a crooning acoustic guitar. Here is where Sessions shows off the best of her vocals, and showing them off right at the end of the record is never a bad idea.
We’re absolutely in love with the stylish energy that Angel Sessions puts forth on I’m Who I Am. It is a lengthy endeavour that, unfortunately, can feel a little too drawn out when considering the somewhat flat dynamic and nuances of each track set next to each other. We don’t feel as if the album does a great job at keeping its listener on its toes, with Sessions instead delivering a collection of songs that sound too similar to each other. Instead, we would like to see her give us a cohesive piece that takes us on a journey.
Nevertheless, I’m Who I Am is a great 90’s inspired R&B record that shows off the grace and style of Angel Sessions.
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