Tayla Parx might be a new artist in the music industry but she isn’t new to the music industry. Before she released her debut album We Need To Talk, she was a songwriter, contributing to albums by Ariana Grande, Khalid, Jeniffer Lopez, BTS, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and Chris Brown. Clearly, her resume is impressive as it is but what about her debut album? Let’s talk about that.
We Need To Talk is a 15-track album with 4 interludes. Overall listening time is 35 minutes which is pretty good. Most songs are brief and they kind of make you wish there was more to it. However, this doesn’t ruin the overall package, which is really good.
The overall production is great; the songs are well paced, the beats don’t steal the show from Tayla and her features and Tayla is such a good artist. What I considered as a weak point were the okay beats. They were just that; okay. With the exception of Rebound, Disconnected and We Need To Talk, I didn’t find them to be exceptional. It’s not like I want every album I listen to but they should be at least memorable.
In this case, the beats aren’t memorable but Tayla is. I genuinely love how she owns all of her songs. For example, she sounds vulnerable in the song Slow Dancing, unapologetic for who she is in Homiesexual and assertive in the interlude What Do You Know. For some weird reason, that interlude reminds me of Future’s song Where Ya At. I don’t know where that came from but I can’t help but feel there are some similarities. And I know for sure that I’m not alone in this.
Apple Music considers this album as a pop album. I tend to disagree with this fact because there is a common theme of RnB in the whole album. Modern RnB perhaps? I’m not a fan of today’s iteration of the genre but I genuinely like Tayla’s implementation.
So, what does she talk about? Everything that you would expect from an RnB album. Then again, I love how she delivers in every song. My favorite song has to be Dirt, where she talks about some guy doing her wrong and wishing that she could’ve done the same because everyone has a nasty side. I felt that.
Other themes of discussion are about her being a rebound (Rebound), falling for someone and questioning if feels right or wrong (Me vs Us), giving a partner an ultimatum (Read your mind) and hanging out with the homies (Homiesexual).
She also talks about interesting topics like Tomboys having feelings. Is she a Tomboy? I have searched for answers to no success; not even Genius makes an interpretation of the lyrics. Oh well.
This is a good debut album. I appreciate her lyrical diversity and her owning the songs despite the beats not being all that. Plus, this was a fun album to listen to. She’s stepping out of the shadows of the big artists and it is now time for her to shine. I want to hear more from her in the near future. 7/10.