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New and upcoming artist Giveon recently released his second project of 2020, and it’s called When It’s All Said And Done. The project consists of four songs, all which add up to a total of 11 minutes. The four-track EP follows his previously released debut album Take Time, which landed a spot on Rated R&B’s Best Albums of 2020 So Far.
The four-track R&B and soul EP pursues the theme of heartbreak. Giveon told Apple Music, “his quest to transform pain into something beautiful began with the music his mom would play while he was growing up⎯what he calls ‘Black woman heartbreak.” Giveon claimed that he likes his music to sound more like dialogue than poetry. He maps the phases of a breakup through his four songs in the EP. The first song, When It’s All Said and Done, is a short fifty-seven second introduction song to the project. Giveon told Apple music, “I wanted to open the project with a tone of frustration and kind of more toxic and in denial, because most breakups that I see aren’t a smooth transition like that.” The second song of the project is called Still Your Best and this song depicts the reality of guys getting together with their friends and pretending that they don’t care about the ending of their relationship. Giveon expressed, “it’s kind of just an egotistical thing⎯even if it’s all a facade. And as the project carries on, you could tell it becomes a facade.” The third song of the project is called Last Time and it features music artist Snoh Aalegra. The song is meant to sound like a conversation between the two artists. The lyrics are more intimate and you can feel an emotional connection between the two artists, which is the approach that Giveon claimed he was going for. The project ends with the final song called Stuck on You. This song represents the acceptance of the ended relationship, the part where all of your real emotions show through your facade and you start to accept them for what they really are.
Giveon voiced, “I don’t think I’ve heard that angle and that perspective of ‘I’m embarrassed.’ I’m not sure I’ve heard that before.”
You are able to really hear the passion and pain in Giveon’s voice throughout the whole project. His vocals are very rich yet soft and he kept the album very realistic. The songs are all from the perspective of Giveon which makes it more personal and intimate. Listeners are able to connect to his emotions and feel the vulnerability. His music is a blend between the old R&B sound and the new school sound. Giveon did not fail to impress with this project from his vocals to his approach and the meaning behind the EP. Giveon is paving his way in the music industry and rising to fame. He has gained a lot of fans, me being one of them, and I am excited to see what comes next from Giveon. If you are an individual looking to either be in your feelings or if you just enjoy the sound of R&B music, definitely do not hesitate to give Giveon’s new project When It’s All Said And Done a listen.
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