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Summer Walker’s latest EP Clear 2: The Soft Life, is a soulful and introspective project that showcases her growth as an artist. While it may not be as groundbreaking as her previous works, it is still a solid collection of songs that fans of R&B and neo-soul will appreciate. One of the standout tracks on the EP is “Set Up (2017),” a slower smooth song that showcases Summer’s vocals and emotional depth. The lyrics are raw and vulnerable, as she sings about the highs and lows of a relationship. The guest contributions from J. Cole and Childish Gambino on “To Summer From Cole” and “New Type” respectively, add a nice touch of variety to the EP and highlight Summer’s ability to collaborate with other artists.
The production of the EP is also noteworthy, with contributions from Solange, Steve Lacy, and other talented producers. The pared-down instrumentation and soulful beats give Summer’s vocals room to shine, let her voice come out clear, and the overall sound is cohesive and polished. However, the EP does fall short of the expectations set by Summer’s previous works. While it is chill and relaxing, it can be a little boring sometimes. The songs on the EP don’t quite reach their full potential and feel like they’re missing that special something that would make them truly memorable. Despite this, there are still moments of brilliance on the EP. “Finding Peace” is a standout track that sees Summer reflecting on her relationships and focusing on herself. The lyrics are poignant and relatable, and her vocals exude a sense of confidence and self-assurance.
Summer Walker’s soulful lyrics on Clear 2: The Soft Life are nothing short of breathtaking. With her captivating voice and rawness, she immerses her listeners in a world of deep emotions and personal struggles. Her lyrics describe the moments of heartbreak, loss, and the journey toward healing, making them relatable to so many people. The EP consists of nine tracks, but it’s enough to showcase her lyrical genius.
The standout track “Mind Yo Mouth” is an ode to the mentality of women having to remain composed and have a cool head in order to not lose their significant other (in this case a man). Summer’s ability to convey such strong sentiments with just her words and her luscious velvety voice is truly remarkable, and Clear 2: The Soft Life is a testament to her talent. The EP ends with “Agayu’s Revelation,” a spoken-word piece that showcases Summer’s introspective side. She candidly shares her journey to this space and gives listeners more insight into who she is as an artist and a person.
Overall, Clear 2: The Soft Life is a solid EP that showcases Summer Walker’s growth and evolution as an artist. While it may not be groundbreaking, it is still a testament to her talents and her ability to create soulful and introspective music. Fans of R&B and neo-soul will definitely appreciate this EP and it’s a great addition to Summer’s discography.
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