A few weeks ago, Justine Skye dropped her new EP Emotionally Unavailable. While we didn’t exactly jump to make review this album, we regret doing so now.
Why? Look no further than the first (well to clarify, it’s the second) track on this album titled “A-Train.”
Justine’s voice, not only in this first track but also throughout the album, reminds us of an old-school Rihanna, an empowered Queen B and belting Ariana Grande.
What’s great about this EP is that you can hear how these three inspirational singers clearly shaped Justine’s vocals.
From stopping mid-track to pumping out beats, Justine connects with her listeners about the struggles of relationships. We all know what it’s like to claim some fame and receive it from an ex-lover about “what’s good, we should be friends…”
The story sounds familiar? It’s always great to hear that our superstars go through the same struggle we do.
So not only is this list in order of how you should listen to the album but also with our thoughts:
- I’m Yours (Feat. Vic Mensa): This song speaks lyrical genius between two of the industry’s most up-and-coming singers. Not to mention, we can expect a dope music video between the two thanks to Justine’s Instagram picture. This song basically speaks to my life-long feelings through my past relationships. Just when you think Justine’s up to par, Vic Mensa drops a verse that reminds you to take the perspective from the man’s angle.
- Bandit: Stop mid-song for Justine’s interlude when she sounds straight like the Queen B herself. Not just yelling, but preaching that she wants the money, “fuck the fame.”
- A Train: Justine shows her Brooklyn roots in this song. In the eerie beginning, followed by the cox of a gun, Justine spits like no other. It’s not just riding on a fucking subway train, dig a bit deeper into the lyrics.
- On & On: This song reminds you straight of a young Rihanna. Justine has similar vocal and lyrical notes that clearly are influenced by what some deem as the “Queen of Fashion.”
- Don’t Worry: Twinkly beginnings usually signify one of those “my ex-dumped me” songs. The interlude “We Can’t Be Friends” is a kind reminder and introduction to this song. The vocals in this song make you stop because you can feel the passion that Justine tries to voice in her strong tones. It’s a combination of B and RiRi.
- Anticipation: Lyrics comes strong and the beat reminds you of Rihanna’s “Pon de Replay’ with its reggae tones. Don’t let it steer too clear from the overall song because it still comes strong. We would dig if this joint was on the radio.
- Sugarcoated: This song speaks “feeling so high school.” It should be the last track you check on this track because it’s a small glimpse of a darker Justine, but not one we necessarily needed to see. It’s possibly the only song pulling the album down.
And if this album review isn’t enough, then gaze at the cover and into Justine’s eyes. She has that “oh, you think you know me” look and appears stunningly beautiful in black and white.
Overall, Justine makes a small title for herself, but so did superstar Jhené Aiko when her EP dropped. We can’t wait to see how Justine comes up from this, but there’s truly an uphill slope from this Timbaland prodigy.
It's just the beginning for this chick and she proved she's worthy of the music industry.7
Lyrics score 6
Production score 6
Composition score 8