Kelela’s debut album ‘Take me Apart is a relaxed R&B album with a heavy use of overlapping. The 14-track album is her first futuristic work, has mainly slow tempo songs and uses synths appropriately.
‘Frontline’ uses a battle as a metaphor for a tumultuous relationship “its a race against time, when you on the frontline” and has sudden breaks in the beat for effect. The slow tempo speeds up for a catchy chorus and harmonies at the end. ‘Waitin’ has a faster tempo and similarly to ‘Frontline’ the song fades seamlessly into the track ‘Take me Apart’ after the album title. Take Me Apart ” is a fusion of R&B and dance that creates an atmospheric track with “Take Me apart” as a basic chorus. ‘Enough’ follows ‘Take me Apart’ with a deconstructed melody and no words in the chorus. Kelela’s voice in the background sounds like an echo throughout the song.
Jupiter is a short two-minute interval between ‘Enough’ and ‘Better’ that has the sound of rainfall in the background. ‘Better’ is about taking time apart from a relationship for six months and trying to get back together. “Remember I told you that we would be closer if we took some time further apart didn’t it make you better, aren’t we better now?”
“Tell me is this how is goes when you let someone know that they gave it their best but you still gotta roll”
LMK is the title of the seventh track and in the chorus it is revealed that these letters stand for ‘Let Me Know’ and has overlapping melodies similar to the beginning. “yYou don’t read between the lines, about to leave can you read my mind?” This song has it’s own music video that emphasises the pop/dance sound compared to the rest of the album. ‘Truth or Dare” brings the album back to the slow melody at the beginning and references the Truth or Dare game as a date.
S.O.S is like a slow two minute twenty second interlude that fades into Blue Light. Blue Light has been released before the rest of the album. It has rhythmic drumming around the chorus. ‘Onanon’ (On and on) is sung in the bridge. This was one of the longest tracks on the album. “A promise we made, to do it always we’re not in a race, you’re running away”. ‘Turn to Dust’ uses violins during the chorus which gives it an airy sound rather than heavy drumming. Bluff is a short track, only a minute long, and is followed by Altadena that brings the album a soft close and a return to the high notes used in the beginning.
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