Sampha’s debut album is reflective and often melancholy and dark at moments. Even some of the more upbeat songs are upbeat in melody only. In “Kora Sings,” one such ‘upbeat’ song, he is referencing his mother who died of cancer just a few years ago. “Under” may be the ‘happiest’ of all the tracks with it’s trap beat background.
The rest of the album he uses to battle with his insecurities and sadness. But this is where he is seemingly most comfortable. “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano,” is a haunting ballad and one of my favorite songs on the album.
Overall this was a great debut. It’s unfortunate that I love him most when he’s sad…embrace your tears buddy.
Score: 4 out of 5.