Album Review | Summer Walker – Over It

If you’ve been living under a rock confined by mainstream music, Summer Walker probably slipped right past you. She hasn’t had a meteoric rise to the top yet, but she has made several airwaves with her soothing tone, neo-soul inspired sound, and adolescent appeal. Her breakthrough release, “Last Day of Summer”, introduced her to countless audiences who were searching for new alternative routes to urban contemporaries. Since then, Walker has released some standalone material and been featured on Rick Ross’ most recent opus. For her official album release, “Over It”, Summer strives to capitalize on the name she’s sought after for herself. Whether or not she cashes in on it, is to be determined.

The album has generated buzz as of late due to the radio appeal of tracks such as “Playing Games”, “Come Thru”, and the overrated “I’ll Kill You”. Each track has a special guest as Bryson Tiller, Usher, and Jhene Aiko offer their talents; the former two contain samples of 90’s hit singles “U Make Me Wanna” by Usher and “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child, respectively. If there was a song that has single potential, it is surely that of “Come Thru”, which sounds like a reply to Usher’s 1997 smash hit. The sample and his contribution fit in suit with the tone of Walker’s desired mood.

In contrast, “Playing Games” does just that. While the forced sample of “Say My Name” is passible, the song falls flat at achieving a real sentiment. In addition to there being two versions, which are not needed, the song follows a trend that is present in many of the album’s records: unfinished works. The same is the case for the album’s opener “Over It”. Unfortunately, the brevity of much of the album’s songs holt the song’s potential to become something significant, as is the case for “Off of You”, “Potential”, and “Tonight”. Unlike her last offering, the songs here start a thought that doesn’t feel accomplished by the end of the songs. The songs suffer and feel like unfinished demos or overstated interludes. The album feels much like a work in progress.

This doesn’t mean that there isn’t pleasurable moments on the album. The 6LACK assisted “Like It” is a complete banger, as is the flirty “Drunk Dialing”. The closing parts of the album see strong work as well, with the sensational “Anna Mae” and “Nobody Else” standing out. This isn’t to say that Summer Walker has already reached her peak, either. Perhaps she is still finding her tune. When that time comes, she has all the potential in the world to be a favorable R&B crooner. 

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