SPOTIFY – A lot of things can be said about the Canadian music industry, but not that it is bad. Just think about Neil Young, Nelly Furtado, Céline Dion, or even the rebellious Avril Lavigne, all of who made big hits in the music world. Unfortunately as every coin (and nation while we are at it) has their darker sides that does not wish to show too much.
If we think about the darkest parts, Justin Bieber comes to mind, who infected the music world with a lot of his “hits”. However luckily he seems to be getting better as heard with his latest album. Unfortunately, the bad apples from Canada are still coming, as after Bieber we have our new “Hip” singer the 19-year-old Alessia Cara.
Although the populist music is on the rise, more specifically R&B has been conquering our hearts with a really good song that is unfortunately rushed at the same time. Alessia Cara’s album Four Pink Walls sadly represents the later group. The talented Canadian singer released her album Know It All, this November which we will later also review here at PS4pro.
What does this EP contain? Well to be quite frank nothing that would elevate her from the usual mass productions. Which begs the question why are we even dealing with it? Well because even though the entire album does not have a single good song, but compared to other trendy-songs, one of the songs of the album is pretty good and could be a hit. It is no wonder that it landed on the top of the Spotify Chart. The song’s name is “Here” which handles the R&B style with grace, unlike the other four songs that are unreviewable.
The first song in this EP is Seventeen (a song that defiles the genre). I do not wish to analyze the style in our case Rhythm and Blue’s mentality and roots, but I can safely say that this song butchers both regarding the genre and production value.
The outlier here is the second song “Here” which can hit the key notes of the genre, but at the same time it is not good enough to sing odes about. Those who love the genre can put the song to their favorite’s list on Spotify just so it can be a click away, but it will not bind us in front of our speakers.
The hope provided by Here is destroyed by Outlaws that shows how quickly a young talent can run out of ideas when the music industry decides to rush out a person to glory and fame. I get that girls develop earlier, but the world’s big problems should not be given to a girl who is not experienced enough. Otherwise, it will sound too childlike, which Four Pink Walls is.
The song before the end called I’m Yours is only for the true R&B songs, and I was already tearing my hair out after the first few words in the lyrics. I do not have to say too much for others to understand my opinion just this: If I’m trying to reach out to an age group, I try to show them the right moral values, and not try to influence them in any (subtle way) to do things that society might not like too much.
Pink, but not the panther!
The final song Four Pink Walls ( the title of the EP) is closer to „Here” regarding rhythm, but the lyrics are way below the only good song in the EP. With regards to the mentality of R&B, I can only say that the life of the dwarfs is not just games and laughs, and same goes for R&B that does not even want to step into the pink room. Just as our life is not purely pink. What can a little, naive, and meek singer can think about our world?