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THEY. is an R&B duo with music that is characterized by a unique blend of soulful vocals, hip-hop beats, and electronic production that sets them apart in the world of R&B. The group’s lyrics explore the complexities of love, relationships, and self-discovery, and their songs are both catchy and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, Nü Moon, their latest album, did not live up to expectations. Despite the high anticipation surrounding its release, the album falls short in several areas, including mediocre production and lackluster lyrics. Ultimately, THEY. failed to deliver a strong album after such a significant effort at their debut.
The lyrics on Nü Moon lack any kind of depth and creativity. The duo did not put enough effort into crafting compelling verses or hooks, it feels like a bunch of remixed versions of the exact same formula with not any kind of variety. Many of the songs are repetitive and unmemorable, making it difficult to connect with the music or want to go for another listen. This album lacks the passion and emotion that was present in The Amanda Tape.
In terms of production, Nü Moon is also extremely underwhelming. The beats and instrumentals feel stale and uninspired. The sound quality is good; however, the production on this album feels like any other R&B project released this year. Dante and Drew truly are lucky they are vocally talented because they missed the mark in almost every other category.
Although, the collaborations between THEY. and people like Kacey Musgraves, Yung Bleu, etc. only add to the overall sound and texture of the music. Kacey was the best feature on here, she flowed so effortlessly on “Wait On Me”; she enhanced the dynamics and energy of the track, making for an exciting and enjoyable listening experience. However, this is not the case for every feature, blackbear’s feature was terrible. It felt unnecessary and did not add anything of value; if anything, it brought down the quality of the song.
Overall, Nü Moon by THEY. is a letdown. The lack of innovation, subpar production, and
uninspired lyrics make for a lackluster album. It is tough to recommend this album to anyone who is really into R&B, even die-hard fans of the duo. The album, however, is inoffensive, it is basic and would please someone who listens to R&B as background sound rather than paying attention. Though it may be too harsh to say that there is nothing enjoyable about this album, it certainly does not live up to expectations. I would suggest that this group goes back to the drawing board and takes more time to craft an album that truly highlights their vocal talents.
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