Singer/ Songwriter Jorja Smith has had a stratospheric rise to success. In the short span of her career the 21 year old has already sold out three US tours and has worked with heavy weights in the industry such as Drake and Kendrick Lamar. The attention on Jorja is not one to be overlooked and it is not just due to her being heralded as an ‘honorary buff ting’. There is something alluring about how the 21 year old’s quiet exterior, plays host to a power house diva whose voice sings beyond her years. And now she has gifted the world with her highly anticipated album ‘Lost & Found’
On first impressions, being a fan of more up tempo songs, the absence of ‘On My Mind’, a garage throw back and one of the songs that grabbed my attention of the 21 year old starlet in the first place, was definitely felt. If you are expecting an album full of club bangers, ‘Lost & Found’ is definitely not the one for you. However I believe ‘Lost & Found’ finds its strength in pensive ballads where Jorja Smiths vocals sit comfortably on low tempo beats, as she is able to unleash her powerful storytelling ability and enthrall the listener into a world of clumsy love, human mistakes and finding strength in knowing and not knowing who you are. These can be seen in songs such as ‘Teenage Fantasy’, ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Blue Lights’ and ‘Don’t Watch Me Cry.’
A personal favourite of mine is her latest single (and in my opinion a stand out of the album) ‘February 3rd’, a heavenly track, titled after the day it was written which confidently explores the concept of loosing yourself and finding yourself again. ‘Loose yourself from playing games’ the songstress revisits in the record in an abnormally high register, a calm mantra designed to cast the listener into an almost meditative state. The listener is then brought back by Jorja Smith’s reassuring voice at the end which talks about the journey of constantly finding yourself, loosing yourself and finding yourself again. Another pleasant surprise is the freestyle ‘Lifeboats’ a refreshing gumbo of spoken word/rap and Jorja Smith’s jazzy vocals. Her woke verses liken lifeboats to an escape from the miseries people are going through in life. She poses the question why we allow people to drown when we have the ability to save them. Not to mention it was great to hear the sample of ‘Kool & the Gang’s ‘Summer Madness’ in the song ‘On Your Own.’
Overall the album is one of reflections, of questions and the growing pains of life. The songs successfully take the listener on a journey of feeling more confident in a state of uncertainty.
You can stream the album on Spotify here.
The album is also available on Itunes.