Music Review: Douye’ – Journey

Music Review: Douye’ – Journey

Over a month ago, I received Douyé’s debut disc and even though it has been on heavy rotation, I’m still on the fence about how I feel about the record. At this point, my neighbours must think there is some serious loving going on as Journey is all about chill sensual grooves, chugging guitar riffs […]

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Over a month ago, I received Douyé’s debut disc and even though it has been on heavy rotation, I’m still on the fence about how I feel about the record. At this point, my neighbours must think there is some serious loving going on as Journey is all about chill sensual grooves, chugging guitar riffs and breathy retro horn parts.

Douyé is a serious contender in the soul and R&B genre. Her vocals are an impressive instrument that can soar with the best divas and seduce to a whisper. The only problem is her sound is a mix of mid-90’s grooves – stylistically comparable to TLC’s tender R&B ballads and the earthy jazz of Sade. Is this a bad thing? Not if you are a huge fan of that type of music, but for new listeners it is hard to get by the obvious comparisons. What is impressive about Journey is the hard-hitting emotional depth of her blossoming song writing skills, especially on the socially conscious “Wicked World,” the haunting heartbreak of “Still Hurting,” and my personal favourite “Waiting For My Man.”

What am I on the fence about? I have found this record is best served as cool background music – it does not demand my attention but is nice to check in on once and while. Give Douyé some time and she will come out with some more engaging material. After all the “journey” is just beginning. (Betsy Blue Music/Floating World Music)