Veeiye leads with her R&B roots and creates music with a bop on ‘Young & Reckless’ EP
Even though it may feel like moving against the flow in an undersized ship, this is good enough for a first effort and Veeiye leads with it and creates music with a bop on ‘Young & Reckless’ EP
On October 8, 2021, she launched her 5-track debut EP, Young & Reckless, following a run of new songs.
It’s evident from away that her sensuous vocals will always be her strongest feature in this game. Her outstanding good looks will always be there to back her up.
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The best thing about this EP; it’s not excessively rooted in Afro-pop to suit the current trendy palette.
Instead, she leads with her R&B roots and creates music with a bop, to form a bridge where lovers of R&B and Afro-pop can peacefully coexist.
She also caresses all the sides to love; trouble in paradise on ‘Do It,’ sex on ‘No Time’ and the latter parts of ‘Show’ while rocky romance forms the basis of ‘Forbidden Fruit.’
Barring ‘Do It,’ the authenticity in the highlighted sections of those three songs tempts this writer to opine that those stories feel too real to be made up.
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There is too much picture-esque detail in her songwriting for those stories to be random. If they are, Vee and her songwriters should take some plaudits for authenticity.
While ‘Do It’ is the best song on this EP, the cries on ‘Enter My Head’ stand out. The track represents an honest truth that we never get from people who suddenly find themselves thrust into the spotlight.
On the track, she sings about her fear of losing her identity, personality, and self-control to the alluring shining lights of celebrity.
Her vocal pitch on the track might be incongruous enough to make this writer know that she probably recorded on different days, but her message is too awesome to ignore. Equally, this is one of Laycon’s best performances as a rapper yet.
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That small pocket between 1:22 and 1:26 on ‘Do It’ also projects a mastery of moments and sounds, her switch between English, Pidgin, and Yoruba also shows dexterity.
However, there is something inauthentic about the overall idea behind ‘Do It’ especially its opening verse.
Although this writer has an objection, some listeners will argue that her second verse can be the reality of someone in a relationship and they will have a point.
Sonically, it’s the best song on this EP, but its delivery didn’t feel authentic enough. In fact, it feels like Vee panders a little bit, to what modern women might like or enjoy.
Equally, ‘Young & Reckless’ is a curious title for this EP. Records like ‘Show,’ ‘Do It’ and ‘Forbidden Fruit’ might mean you’re young, but ‘Enter My Head’ clearly shows that she is not reckless.
As much as the experimentation with limits of love on ‘Do It’ and ‘Forbidden Fruit’ might be deemed reckless, it’s not.
Neither is the sex talk on ‘Show.’ Sex is only normal for a 25-year-old woman.
Overall, this EP will be instantly appealing to people with a wider sonic palette.
But for the regular audience, it might be too much of an acquired taste.
As a first try, this is good enough overall, even though it might feel like moving against the tide in an undersized ship.
Mid = 0.00
Average = 0.01
Good = 2.5
Excellent = 2.5
Mp3bullet gives the EP 70% (Good) general rating