Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Real R&B Review
words by ViV C.
How Daniel Caesar has so much soul packed into his 22 years is beyond me but, he effortlessly lets it ooze out all over his latest release, Freudian. Fans of his 2014 and 2015 EP’s are familiar with Daniel’s “take me to church” style R&B and they aren’t at all disappointed with the new album, Freudian. There genuinely isn’t one bad track on this album, and my only real disappointment is that it’s so short. A departure from his solo style on past projects, Daniel Caesar hails help from current female soul renovators Kali Uchis, H.E.R, Syd, and Charlotte Day Wilson to weave perfectly harmonized threads throughout Freudian’s 10 tracks. The departure is welcome, as the intimate features create a dual sided narrative like a journal passed back and forth between lovers. It’s a chronicling of love in all of it’s stages and not just Daniel’s own musings.
Using Gospel as a guide, Freudian navigates the religion of love. From the ecstasy of finding a savior and lover, all the way down to the backsliding of betraying one. Daniel’s narrative on the heart and it’s ways skips along the line between sacred and secular, an effect easily pulled off with the aid of choir vocals from Toronto vocal group CaDaRo Tribe sprinkled throughout the album. This album is a beautiful and refreshing juxtaposition to current the TrapSoul subgenre dominating the R&B landscape and I really wish it had at least five more tracks. Check out a rundown of my favorite songs from the Freudian album, and spin the full album on all music streaming outlets.
Best Part Ft. H.E.R
All parts sacred, this acoustic guitar driven duet is bound to be played at weddings for years to come. It’s classic and playful and sappy, you know it’s real R&B when they mention brown eyes.
We Find Love
Pulling straight from Gospel influences, Daniel interpolates We Fall Down by Kyle David Matthews all throughout this track resulting in an urge to lift my hands that I just couldn’t fight. We Find Love sees Daniel exploring the aftermath of a breakup in an incredibly hopeful and grateful way because there is always next time.
Take Me Away Ft. Syd
Impeccable harmonies with Syd and bluesy singing wah wah peddles lace this super secular track, but Daniel’s smooth delivery will have you halfway through the track forgetting that you’re singing along about tippity top top game. This song is a literal praise to Jah for a girl who always keeps the loud pack and throws the ass back (his words not mine).