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Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 01 (Review)

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The talented Daniel Caesar looks to pass music class with “CASE STUDY 01.”


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TOP 5 SONGS

 

5. SUPERPOSITION

“SUPERPOSITION” and “TOO DEEP TO TURN BACK” are both flat-out amazing! I do warn you, though, keep glasses away from them.

“SUPERPOSITION” excels by taking advantage of a stripped down instrumental, heartwarming/vulnerable lyrics and high-pitch singing. While the track does eventually get a chance to spread its wing — basking in this sunny instrumental towards the end of it — it never breaks loose from its innocence — an aspect I find charming as s**t!

Daniel’s best performance on this album is on this song.

 

 

4. ENTROPY

When I have weed, a hammock and incense in my vicinity, “ENTROPY” is great!

You know why I love “ENTROPY?” I used to date a girl that was hippie-like, and the way she saw the world definitely influenced how I saw it. To me, “ENTROPY” sounds hippie-like, as Daniel sings free and unbothered over this hazy instrumental. Content-wise, the Canadian singer talks about cashing in on good women, blissful feels and self-satisfaction on the song, and as a 24 year old, that’s all you can ask for in life, right? (That and endless rail shots)

 

 

3. CYANIDE

I love “CYANIDE!” (I can already hear readers calling me a sicko in their heads after reading that comment).

On “CYANIDE,” Daniel Caesar plays an Americanized Rastafarian, as he sings with this slight Jamaican accent and promotes drug-usage. He also tries to woo his woman with sweet words, doing everything he can to get her to come over and wind down a bit (Bow Chicka Wow Wow). While a good chunk of this song doesn’t quite fall in line with my beliefs, I love it’s vibes, how smooth Daniel sings on it, and once again, how he assumes the role of a hippie that doesn’t have a care in the world except for global warming.

 

 

2. LOVE AGAIN

After opening up the album pretty bizarrely, Daniel Caesar gets in his R&B bag on “Love Again.”

“Love Again” is as smooth as it gets. On it, both Daniel Caesar and Brandy (Yes, Ray J’s sister) go back and forth about being trustworthy individuals (Which typically means they aren’t trustworthy individuals). What I personally love about the song is the pace that it utilizes, the vocal performances by both Brandy and Daniel (I love how they let their emotions takeover their body, resulting in some pretty versatile crooning), and last but not least, how Daniel made a 40 year old in Brandy believe she can trust in him (Brandy, don’t fall for the Oke Doke!).

 

 

1. FRONTAL LOBE MUZIK

Daniel Caesar is feeling himself quite a bit on “Frontal Lobe Muzik,” and I am all the way fine with that.

“Frontal Lobe Muzik” is smooth, empowering, sly, hypnotizing and dynamic. The track features this lovely instrumental that is heavy on the piano/gentle side, and in my opinion, has a great bop to it. Over this instrumental, Daniel Caesar brags and boasts about his come-up, talking particulatly about knowing how to deal with trolls and loving his brand new self. Though effort-wise you don’t get Daniel’s best vocals on this song, you do get emotion, vulnerability and a level of swag from him that is glaring.

I can hear Pharrell’s imprint all over this song, as the instrumental, hook and overall character attached to it screams out his name. You also get a chance to hear him sing a bit, which I guarantee will either give you the chills or heart eyes.

Daniel Caesar is a real one for calling himself ugly…


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. ENTROPY (4/5)

2. CYANIDE (4.5/5)

3. LOVE AGAIN (4.5/5)

4. FRONTAL LOBE MUZIK (5/5)

5. OPEN UP (4.5/5)

6. RESTORE THE FEELING (4/5)

7. SUPERPOSITION (4.5/5)

8. TOO DEEP TO TURN BACK (5/5)

9. COMPLEXITIES (4.5/5)

10. ARE YOU OK? (3/5)


OVERALL RATING

(B+)

 

Finding oneself can be complicated, but also interesting and refreshing. I feel like Daniel finds himself on “CASE STUDY 01,” and the end-result is a pretty enjoyable body of work to listen to. Not only does this album come with smooth tracks, powerful lyrical content and outstanding melodies, but it also comes with music that pushes boundaries and challenges the norm every step of the way. As a listener, if you can’t appreciate that, I don’t know what to tell you.

 

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