Ella Mai Album Review. Is she the new face of R&B?

By: Donovan Mack

R&B Singer/Songwriter Ella Mai finally released her 1st studio album. The Self-Entitled album follows many EPs and Singles but is now out for fans to hear

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Since the delayed success of her single produced by DJ Mustard called “Boo’d Up” the R&B songstress has been the artist to watch.


With her Next single “Trip” fans were still loving Ella Mai’s music however Jaquees came with an unofficial and impactful remix that was eventually taken down by her label.


Still with her success Ella Mai has been given some great critiques from the industry and her fans.


Critics such as Rolling Stone have said the songs on the album have been sounded automated. Rolling Stone also has mentioned Ella Mai might be comfortable in the lower register of her voice.


The guardian critiqued Ella Mai with the potential to be an authentic R&B star but also mentioned that the album was refreshing and could "cut through a scene full of trap beats and emo rap."


Some fans have also said with confidence that Ella Mai is the new face of R&B but some fans beg to differ.

In addition to the good reviews and critiques, her debut album peaked at number 18 on the billboard charts according to officialcharts.com


Since the soundtrack of the movie featuring Lady Gaga entitled A Star is Born and other albums that came out in the same week such as Quavo’s from the Migos 1st solo album Ella Mai’s album didnt chart well over all.


However on iTunes Ella Mai’s album has been #2 right behind Khalid’s album (10/19/18) on the R&B Charts . Also on the iTunes chart Ella Mai’s singles are throughout the top 50.

There are also a few features on the album such as Chris Brown, HER, and John legend.


All in All Ella Mai is keeping good R&B music Alive and fans couldn't be any happier.


Read the full critques here:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/oct/12/ella-mai-ella-mai-review-bood-up-singers-rb-statement-of-intent

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/ella-mai-review-debut-album-735192/

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