GREY Area - Album Review

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:00 am | Updated: 7:12 pm, Mon May 13, 2019.

Little Simz is an English rapper and singer and GREY Area is the third full-length project from her. She has been flying under-the-radar for almost a full decade now as she has been active since 2010 when she was releasing mixtapes. Her debut album, A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons had its moments, but the lyrics and the entire theme of the album was not fully thought through. However, on her sophomore album, Stillness in Wonderland, there was improvement and it felt fully realized, but it somehow came up a bit underwhelming in its delivery. After three years away from doing her own solo work, Little Simz returned with her latest album, GREY Area, and it is by far her best work yet. 

            Going into GREY Area, Little Simz had released four promotional singles, “Offence”, “Boss”, “101 FM”, and “Selfish”. “Offence” is the opening track to the album and is a very hard-hitting, off-the-wall track with phenomenal production carried by drums and a scuzzy bass. Simz is a natural lyricist and that never fades away from beginning to end. She never loses a beat and no second feels phoned in or wasted. The unsettling bass and in-your-face drums continue on the next track “Boss” where Little Simz is furious about people f****** with her heart, but she finds closure that she’s a “boss in a f****** dress”. The mood for the rest of the album goes from heavy, angry, and loud to very melodic and reflective. “Selfish” has a wonderfully smooth hook from Cleo Sol, a UK R&B artist. She is a perfect fit to go along with Little Simz’s line delivery, where she admits to some of her personal flaws based on her experience so far in her life. Thanks to lovely piano chords, Cleo Sol’s voice and Little Simz’s verses, this is by far my favorite song of the year so far. The following tracks continue the trend of R&B and soul and continually get smoother and smoother culminating in the closing track, “Flowers”. It focuses on the themes of memory, self-doubt, and mortality as Little Simz tries to find answers to this “grey area”in her life, hence, the name of the album.

            It is rare that an album can be listened multiple times fully through without skipping a track. GREY Area is one of those rare albums. Like I said before, no second on this project feels wasted. Little Simz put her best foot forward on this project and it showed. This is my favorite album of the year so far and Little Simz makes a case for best female MC in rap right now with the likes of Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.