Time and time again, I have shown my utmost displeasure for modern RnB music. Simply put, I don’t like it; not with the lyrical themes being addressed by today’s artists. There are a few artists who I genuinely like: Roses Gabor, KALLITECHNIS, Ella Mai and Jorja Smith.
I stumbled on Rayana Jay’s EP as one of the new releases. Seeing it categorized as an RnB/Soul record got me discouraged from the get-go but I decided to give it a try. To be honest, it’s not that bad but it isn’t that great either.
There isn’t much known about Rayana(from what I found); she’s 23 and she is a RnB/Soul singer and songwriter. Love Me Like is her latest EP consisting of 7 tracks, quite a brief listening experience. I was done with it under 30 minutes.
One thing that I do appreciate her music is how it gives you this chill vibe. You’re meant to enjoy it word for word and I like it. The production is good and I like her voice. My favorite tracks have to be Breakfast in Bed and Know Names.
The features too do a good job in the songs. However, I didn’t like G-Eazy’s contribution. Nothing personal, I just didn’t like it.
Simply put, this is your typical RnB record. At this point, I would be talking about everything wrong with the EP like what I did with Kehlani’s EP but there is nothing to complain about. The record is fine. That’s a thumbs up from me but there is only one problem; it’s just fine.
While I do appreciate her lyrical diversity in her songs, I just don’t feel like they are that good. Let’s look at the song Hangover for a moment. The song talks about one being drunk in love with someone and if that person leaves, they might suffer a hangover. It’s a nice way of putting it but it’s not that great of a song. Same applies to the other songs. They are good but not that good. I hope I’m making sense.
Perhaps my opinions about the record might change with time after a few more listens but that’s how I feel about it right now.
I’ll give it a pass for now. The score might change for the better. Or it may just remain the same. Only time will tell. But, I like Rayana Jay and her music is surely going to get better with time. I give it a solid 7/10.