Johari Noelle – Things You Can’t Say Out Loud (Review)

Born in Chicago, singer songwriter Johari Noelle breathes honesty throughout her music discography. Brought up in the music industry with a musical dad, the songbird has a biting vocal range that will leave you breathless. In 2015, Noelle joined the series Chasing Destiny in which she was mentored by Kelly Rowland. Fast forward a few years, sheโ€™s here with her debut EP โ€˜Things You Canโ€™t Say Out Loud‘. Citing Sade, Beyonce and Amy Winehouse as main inspirations within her music. Channelling her own narrative, TYCSOL is an exceptional debut release. 

Beginning with a โ€˜I’m going crazyโ€™ vibe, the hip hop flavouring in “Crazy/Lonely” ends with a level ambience showcasing the โ€˜lonelinessโ€™. A blend of two worlds together to create a fascinating story.  Next track, “Regrets” highlights a wondrous groove lingers around the hook line โ€œ should have done, could have done, wouldโ€™ve done betterโ€. Thereโ€™s layers of soul within this number that makes it a strong contender on the EP.

“Release” may be my least favourite track on the EP because it doesnโ€™t really build up to anything. Saying that, the space on this song reveals that everything is simply polished with a wonderful production. The EP was recorded with engineer Matt Hennessy of VSOP Studios, whoโ€™s worked with Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kanye West to name a few. “Too Much” would have been huge in the 90โ€™s. R&B flavouring, the octave effect makes the song feel rigid and rough round the edges. Filled with attitude, โ€˜Too Muchโ€™ compliments Johariโ€™s smokey vocals like a flower blooming towards the sunlight. 

“Show Me” tells the story of working through a relationship and using communication to listen to one anotherโ€™s views. โ€œI donโ€™t want to waste yours or mineโ€ indicates that Noelle will try anything to make sure the relationship works. Love hearted eyes are flying around the atmosphere with this one, itโ€™s emotional indicator proves how Johariโ€™s songwriting will grow and grow. Massive Jorja Smith vibes on this number. 

A great debut from this soulful songwriter.

Score: 7/10


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