I've loved JoJo for quite some time. Truly. I've always wanted her to grow into big things because, to me, her voice is unparalleled. In a world of cookie-cutter music, she has always sang about things relevant to her audience. This mixtape, her first, is no different. While I was slightly surprised at the apparent shift in genre, I must say her ability to speak volumes and touch the soul of listeners is still extremely intact. I'd like to see her go back to more of an R&B edge but, this mixtape shows that she's in a good place to make more significant career moves and like I said, I've always expect her to do big things. I hope she capitalizes.
Business Worthy Tracks
"Can't Take That Away From Me" - The 80's/Early 90's infused beat is a nice change. JoJo works the background vocals as well.
"Why Didn't You Call?" - Similar to a NERD track, this isn't something I would have heard as an R&B/rock infused track. JoJo plays well on the melody.
"Just A Dream" - Acoustic guitar accompanies JoJo on this India. Arie-esqe track. I could totally see her singing this in a coffee shop or open mic night. Beautiful arrangement and honest lyrics. Two thumbs up.
"What You Like" Feat. Jordan Gatsby - This is my favorite of the two duos featured on the mixtape. The use of her higher register is something JoJo capitalizes on with this piece. Very reminiscent of a joint from Prince, especially with the electric guitar break around the 1:40 mark.
"Boy Without A Heart" - This is on repeat. Classic honest JoJo. This will pull at the heartstrings of even the iciest of hearts. I know more than a few will adopt this as an anthem. Peep the chorus below:
"Cause you/You'll never change/The games that you play/It's just who you are/And I have to believe/It's you and not me/The boy without a heart."
Sheesh. Dry your eyes.
"All I Want Is Everything" - The title of her unreleased album that was set for release last year, this track is a prime combination of R&B and Pop. I could definitely hear Mary J. Blige with this on her roster. One of those songs that will force a head nod, not to mention the catchy hook.
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