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Farah

Neoteric

Review by Gary Hill

Music wise this lands in the modern electronic territory. It’s Farah’s vocals that really shine the brightest here. She’s got a great voice in the tradition of soulful female singers like Sade. This is quite a good little EP. It has a nice flow and Farah’s voice is to be recommended.

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Track by Track Review
Intro

This bit of mysterious atmosphere is less than a minute long. It has some non-lyrical vocals and a processed strange voice. Both add a lot of drama to this.

5.3.1
Electronic music creates a smooth R & B groove here. The vocals bring that home in a compelling delivery. This is mellow and quite strong at the same time.
I Don't Wanna (Leave)
More of a sparse electronic arrangement provides the backdrop for this one. In some ways it reminds me of the opening introduction piece. The vocals are great here, too.
You Got It
Musically this isn’t much different. The thing is, as always here, the vocals are what makes this work. It’s a cool mellow groove.
Make It
I really shouldn’t like this song. It’s got a lot of processing and it’s overproduced. It has some gratuitous swearing and dropping of the “N word.” Did I mention this gets a parental advisory? Those are all things I usually don’t like. Somehow, though, on this song it just works really well. I like it a lot.
 
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