Sabrina Claudio’s innovative take on Bossa Nova Jazz has most definitely caught people’s eye. With a Gretchen Parlato vibe and freeing vocals the R&B/Soul artist is gracefully cambering genres while showing her sassy intimacy to us. With her EP “Confidently Lost” debuting earlier this year, “Unravel Me”peaked at #22 and “Belong to You” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart - she had us anticipating her debut album “About Time.” And it is about time we got to hear the beautiful lullabies come together again.
The first breath wafts in on the very first song “About Time (Intro)” and she paints a beautiful picture of a vibrant rose and its life cycle. The cycle of the Rose is the symbolism of Sabrina’s experiences of history repeating itself and that curiosity that lingers on in everyone’s mind over a love, heartbreak, and or reinvention of oneself. The harmonies lay simply on top of her intro with a smooth jazz guitar that help takes you into her garden.
The gates to her garden open up with “Natural” an angelic melody that elevates your ears, and the verse hits with a telephone effectthat gives the song a 1960’s record player feel.
Her voice glides out when the beat drops, and a heavenlymelody comes back in after the first verse but brings all the percussion and chords together so well like many other tracks on the album.
Claudio’s R&B/Soul sways you into the demanding desires of affection and incompatibility, communicating relatable experiences with a soft sexy twist. “Everlasting Love” shows that piping simmer with crossing paths with a lover in a strange point in your life and waltzing away from a relationship that you have been building for some time. The high tempo drums are a key element in the song as Sabrina’s peachy vocals bloom over them effortlessly. As she tries to get out of her own way in this album you end up relaxed by the end of the confession.
Her voice seductively washes in and over electric guitars and jazz rhythms that take you in, out, and right on top of her submitwhich adds more of an experience for the listener. Like “Unravel Me” which is unapologetically taking you on that ride, it ties in all elements of Claudio’s gentle vocals with the fieriness production and impactful lyrics. Creatively she conveys a cliché message that many women come in contact with - making up excuses to a man about not continuing the seductive nature they’ve indulged in, and clearly stating there’s no need to try and break down walls or barriers to keep her.
The serrated chorus adds bountiful flavor and warps the boundaries of what an R&B/Soul song is with its cavernous electro-trip stacks.
“Frozen” and “We Have Time” holds an openness of the softer side to Claudio and resonates with that feeling of holding on to those sweet moments.
The clever songstress ends the Rose Cycle with a more upbeat feel, crossing over to Drake’s “More Life” dance rhythms with “Used To” and “Wait.” All in all, the album draws out an organic pleasure in an electro-trip R&B delight. Sabrina’s vocal control teases listeners as it intertwines into an effervescent kaleidoscope that leaves you wanting more and more. Willdefinitely be looking forward to nourishing my ears with the artist’s next body of work.