After a 2 year break, Victoria Monét returns with “JAGUAR.”
5. ASS LIKE THAT
On “Ass Like That,” Victoria Monét spends three minutes singing about her nice ass and how men are in awe of it.
I like “Ass Like That” because it feels like an “I know I’m that b*tch” type of song. I also like the fact that Victoria gives instructions on what you can do to get a butt like hers in the song. (Squats, ladies, squats!)
“Moment” starts off JAGUAR fantastically!
“Moment” isn’t a short song, but it’s so good, it feels short. I really like how it starts off slow with Victoria Monét singing in a high pitch tone and how it transitions into something that has tons of energy.
“Dive” is one of my favorite songs on JAGUAR, mainly because of the horns that you hear in the background and the double meanings in the words that you get from Victoria Monét.
“Dive” gives me ‘partying on a boat in the middle of the ocean during the nighttime’ kind of vibes. It is not your typical “party” song, but it’s the type of song that will make you want to dance.
“Experience” is the kind of song that, at the very least, will have you snapping your fingers and bopping your head.
I love that “Experience” is the only song on JAGUAR that has features. Khalid and SG Lewis elevate the song and bring an air of freshness to the album.
“Jaguar” has a very sexy intro and chorus. Excluding those parts, the rest of the song is exhilrating.
Even though “JAGUAR” boasts all kinds of vibes, Victoria Monét melded them together in a way that works really well.
“JAGUAR” is the type of song that you play to set the mood.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. MOMENT (3/5)
2. BIG BOSS (INTERLUDE) (3/5)
3. DIVE (4/5)
4. WE MIGHT BE EVEN FALLING IN LOVE (INTERLUDE) (3/5)
5. JAGUAR (4/5)
6. EXPERIENCE (4/5)
7. ASS LIKE THAT (3/5)
8. GO THERE WITH YOU (3/5)
9. TOUCH ME (3/5)
The “C” grade that I gave JAGUAR is not meant to reflect badly on the album or any of the work that Victoria Monét put into it. If anyone is a fan of hers or enjoys smooth R&B/Soul music, they would definitely dig the album. For me, there aren’t any songs or parts of songs that I became attached to. I might add one or two songs from the album to my playlist, but overall, I don’t think I would listen to the whole album again. With that being said, at 27 years old, Victoria Monét is going to be in the music industry for a long time and I don’t think she will disappoint. I haven’t heard any of her other projects, but solely based on this one, I would say that she has carved a space for herself in the music industry. Whenever I do hear a song of hers, it doesn’t take long for me to recognize her voice, cadence, etc.
My only real issue with JAGUAR is that it feels one-toned. Each song sounds very similar to the last and they all have a few of the same elements (ie. horns). While listening to the album, it became difficult to be engaged with the music and easy to forget what song was playing. Make sure you listen to JAGUAR in the right setting; it will make a major difference.
Saschael is a Brooklyn native, and currently a senior English major at Howard University. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, being in nature and writing short stories and novels.