Written Friday, November 22
The thing about R&B pop music is it really has to be well-produced. It’s an all or nothing genre when it comes to quality. It’s the fine details in a track that will grant it an air of authenticity and professionalism. All of that is fully present in Alexis Lynn’s debut EP “Things Get Good”.
Pop demands hooks, and there are certainly hooks abound in “Things Get Good”. Every track has a memorable chorus, especially “Not This Time”, “Lobby”, and “Things Get Good” (not to sell the other tracks short). Lynn’s voice fits this genre well. It’s sultry and powerful and definitely influenced by the big names in R&B. She can bring a lot of swagger and sass into her performance. That personality is essential to standing out in pop music.
I don’t often review this genre. That’s because for this blog I purposely stick to reviewing independent Vancouver music. It just happens that a lot of that music is indie-rock or folk. I don’t see a ton of independently released R&B pop albums, certainly not of this caliber. This sounds like a big budget production. Every song on this album could easily be on mainstream radio. And I wouldn’t be surprised at all to hear Alexis Lynn getting some serious radio play soon.