Then she dropped Ardipithecus.
Before we start, please give me the liberty to do my usual ranting.
Do you guys have any idea how awful it is to review a certain singer’s old materials and re-listen to them for your blog? I HONESTLY FELT LIKE MY EARS WERE RUPTURED AFTER RE-LISTENING TO “FIREBALL”!! I forgot how the song sounded but remembered clearly that I was very repulsed to the song and now I do…
Hearing her YELL “I’m the fireball of the party, I’m the- I’m the fireball of the party” B*TCH YOU AIN’T NO ONE’S FIREBALL IN ANY PARTY YOU’RE ONLY 11 WTH!!! Jesus christ that was the most painful thing I had to re-live!!
TL,DR; DON’T LISTEN TO FIREBALL. JUST. DONT.!!!
Willow Smith, the daughter of celebrity couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith did a Beyonce on her latest album. To explain the odd name choice for her album, here is what she’s said:
“Ardipithecus Radmidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state. Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tell stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs. Ardipithecus is my first album in my entire career and it makes me feel so blessed to be able to share my evolution with the LightEaters as I continue excavating my inner worlds…”
Ok. “‘Deep’ album cover” – check. “Dodgy-territory explanation nearing pretentiousnes”? Check. (Btw what’s a “LightEater”? >_>) So, 2/2 of the checklist done. Now you get a sudden ominous feeling while trying to approach the album. Will it be as nonsensical and egoistic as her brother’s tweets? Who knows!
But I want to start this with a positive note, so I’ll share two of my favourite songs in the album:
Willow Smith – Stars ft Jabs
Easily one of my favourite in the album. Is that a Yoko Ono scream I hear?
Willow Smith – Wait a Minute!
Wait a minute!
I think I left my conscience on your front doorstep!
Run my hands through your hair,
You wanna run your fingers through mine,
But my dreads too thick and that’s alright
You left your diary at my house
And I read those pages, you really loved me, baby
But I broke my word, and you were bound to see
And I cried at the curb,
When you first said, “Oel ngati kameie*”
*She uses the language “Na’vi” used in the film Avatar. She’s used the language several times on her other songs as well.
One of her catchiest song in the album, with semi-decent lyrics to boot. (…at least more mature than what the 15-yr-olds nowadays can produce!!)
Ok, now that we’re done with the “good”… what *exactly* IS the bad?
While Willow is the only sole credited songwriter and producer of the entire album (no small feat I should mention), her egotistic behaviour and her “I’m-so-deep-I’ve-figured-the-meaning-of-life”-esque attitude/lyrics are a complete turn off, especially if you act like that in the entire album… but fail to deliver (while, Kanye, on the hand, does, so I guess he gets to keep his bragging rights huh.)
Let’s have a look at the song below.
Willow Smith – Organisation and Classification
Classification and organization is ruining the minds of our generation
…I said it
Ok, so saying the first line isn’t apparently enough for her… she just HAD to say “I said it” as if she’s the first to have “realized” such thing and to re-emphasize how “oh-so-thoughtful” and “oh-so-deep” it sounded??? What???
Other than the cheesy lyrics, there’s the technical aspects as well. Her yelling and screeching on some of the songs are like nails-on-a-blackboard – absolutely cringeworthy. It’s also very evident that she doesn’t have full control of her voice too (ok, she’s 15, so I understand her voice isn’t fully developed yet, alright.)
While the album has a HELL lot of potential, sadly some of them are filled with fillers, plus with the excessive use of Na’vi, the album ultimately comes off as being pretentious with a serious need of polishing.
Some honourable mentions:
Willow Smith – Waves of Nature
Willow Smith – UR Town
The bass/guitar reminds me somehow of this RPG game I’ve played before. Twas a fun game with a nice selection of music as well.
Willow Smith – Cycles
The guitar sounds a LOT like from one of the music from the aforementioned game above. If my turd of a Windows 8 desktop computer was working, I would have linked the song. Ugh. 😤😤😤
Willow Smith – Marceline
Willow Smith – Marceline PT. 2
Why does this give me such a sci-fi feel?
So, my verdict?
Hmm… “nice try”. 🙂