One of my favorite type of singers is the male R&B singer. Why? Because a good male R&B singer’s voice is usually like sex on water and I’ve never had aqua sex but I’d imagine it would be something magical.
Luckily for me there have been a good amount of R&B male vocalist releasing music in the last month or two. I’m only going to focus on the four that have really stuck out to me: Zayn, Nick Jonas, Drake, and Gallant. Before you judge my list, read my opinion okay? Good.
Zayn’s Mind of Mine
I was never a fan of One Direciton. I repeat “NEVER”. There was not one song you would catch me singing. They never clicked to me. They were just too elementary school pop for my liking and I didn’t find any of the members attractive enough to persuade me to change my mind. The only member who came close enough though was Zayn because he’s almost my type (he doesn’t meet the height requirement). Plus he also had the nicest voice in my opinion.
So when I heard the news of him leaving One Direction and making his own music I was kind of excited because I felt that he would probably give me something I’d like. So when March 25 came and his album dropped I of course gave it a listen and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m not saying the album was a masterpiece or anything but vocally wise I was very pleased.
Zayn’s vocals are what really lead the entire album. The boy can sing and he’s not afraid to admit it. Just with the title track “Pillowtalk” he opens up with a nice harmonious shout that just gives me all the goosebumps. The song itself had to grow on me but when it did it was great. I’ve also been enjoying the tracks “iT’s YoU”, “BeFoUr”, and “wRoNg” purely for the way Zayn sings his words.
Overall though the album is sub-par, it’s safe. There’s nothing groundbreaking, there’s nothing breathtaking other than his vocals. Even as soulful as Zayn’s voice is it lacks genuine soul. Throughout listening to the album all I could think of was the fact that you could probably give the same songs to Nick Jonas and he would sing them the same way and they would be equally good.
Speaking of Nick Jonas….
“Close” by Nick Jonas
Fellow former boy-band member Nick Jonas’ newest single “Chains” is just absolutely breathtaking. “Close” is the song for those experiencing some sexual tension going. Nick Jonas wants to get close to some chick and she wants it to. It’s a struggle going on and Nick and Tove Lo’s addition to the song was a brilliant idea. It’s not suppose to be a love song it’s suppose to be a lust song and it works well. It’s the perfect teaser for his upcoming album which I will be getting ASAP.
“One Dance” by Drake
As summer sixteen is approaching I won’t be out here looking for revenge but instead I will be out here looking for “Dancehall Drake”. That’s what I’m calling him now, because I’m all here for Drake creating dancehall inspired jams like Rihanna’s “Work” and now “One Dance”. As soon as the song opens up with Kyla’s crooning of “baby” and then the first hit of the percussion I’m immediately transported to a bar in the middle of the Caribbean and I’m having the time of my life. Obviously dancehall and reggaton inspired sounds are becoming increasingly trendy in the music industry but the thing with Drake and Rihanna’s stuff is that it’s more authentic than lets say Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and it’s not because they’re black it’s because they’ve got the feeling of the funk and if the “Hotline Bling” video showed us one thing it’s that Drake always feels the funk.
I don’t know what planet Christoper Gallant fell off of but I’m glad he fell off of it because he is disrespectfully giving me life with his falsettos all up and down his debut album “Ology”.
Yes, Gallant’s falsettos have rejuvenated me, but at the same time they have confused me because I don’t understand how it is legal for a man’s voice to be so smooth, crisp, and handsome.
Can we talk about the opening of “Skipping Stones”, his duet with Jhene Aiko and how he just perfectly nailed that high note or how Jhene Aiko surprisingly complemnted his falsettos with her lower-range swagger. Or shall we talk about the ending of “Bone + Tissue” when he just slayed all over the world with his vibratos and riffs and just….JESUS thank you for this man’s voice.
This album is definitely going to be on my top albums of 2016 for sure. Gallant adds a bit of everything in a sublte way into this album: a bit of Prince’s funk, a bit of 90’s R&B, a bit of 80’s synth. He’s not shy to sing about his pain and he doesn’t want you to pity him either. There’s even some lighter songs on the album like “Episode” which has quickly made it’s way on one of my summer 2016 playlists. Everything about this album is suave from his vocals to the instrumentals and it gives me chills every time he opens his mouth. Now that’s my type of R&B artist.
These are just some of the male artists that I’ve been feeling this month. What male artists do you recommend? Boy bands are welcome.