Before we start this album review of The Shedding, you must know this one thing, I’ve never heard of Rogiérs before this project. With that being said, there was something that made me feel different when listening to this album. A lot of artists I’ve came across try to use a specific characteristic to create out a standout experience for me as a listener. However, with The Shedding, things were a bit different. Rogiérs’ voice was smooth to listen to, and with diverse array of production, The Shedding created it’s own world through 8 tracks. His music felt euphoric, and even as a music journalist who has come across a lot of harder music in my time, The Shedding showed that even I can listen to this album and actually feel something.
The production in The Shedding consists of a diverse array of instrumentals, however, it keeps a consistent vibe that remains through the entire album. For example, “Again” has an Afro-Latin vibe within its production, while “Message To Your People” switches up and adds house music in the album. These sounds are completely different from each other, but the little synths and echoes, along with Rogiérs’ vocal style, makes the tracks relate to one another in sound. Not gonna lie though, I was thrown off a bit when I heard the thumping house instrumental in “Message To Your People”, but the song still was still enjoyable. The Shedding’s production highlight’s Rogiérs’ diversity of sound, and it can’t be imitated.
Rogiérs’ vocal style is cool throughout this album, but don’t get it twisted, he can hit a few notes; his second track “Messed Up On Love” is proof of that. The Shedding is Rogiérs’ deep, yet mellow voice through these 8 tracks. The good thing about this is that he’s consistent with it. Rogiérs doesn’t hit a lot of loud high notes to show that he can sing to the choir, because he has a choir in “Good To Know You.” Even with the background ambience, this singer has a strong voice throughout, and nothing takes Rogiérs voice away or blows over it. His voice and production is what establishes a euphoric experience.
In conclusion, if you want a new sound in soul, you will love The Shedding. Rogiérs’ has a diverse array of sounds that differentiates on international levels, but doesn’t do to much to take away the soul. This album isn’t a one-trick pony, it sounds great in several different aspects, and takes soul to a new level. We need more music like this!
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