Editors’ Notes In a 2019 interview with Apple Music host Nadeska Alexis, Jessie Reyez explained the source of inspiration for her profoundly personal, often political, intensely swaggering R&B: “I like to sing about shit I don’t like to talk about,” she said. The Colombian Canadian singer’s intimate 2018 EP Being Human in Public felt at times like a diary, wrestling with deep themes like immigration (“Imported") and gender discrimination (“Body Count”) in a conversational Spanish-English blend while tossing out cutting one-liners with a smirk (“I dodge dick on the daily”).

Here, on her first full-length, the Toronto native and Up Next alum reaches deep into her emotional core to tell you exactly who she is and how she feels—exhilaratingly heartbroken, independent, and alive—with a matter-of-factness that has become her signature. The songs here are wide-ranging and ambitious—there are slow-burning pop ballads (“LOVE IN THE DARK”) and smoldering R&B-trap send-ups (“ANKLES” featuring Rico Nasty and Melii)—showcasing her staggering vocal range and unflinching lyricism. It’s the latter, really, that makes her coy verses so indelible: “I should have fucked your friends/It would have been the best revenge,” she sings on album opener “DO YOU LOVE HER.” “If I blow your brains out/I can guarantee that you’ll forget her.” Who could forget that?

SONG
DO YOU LOVE HER
1
3:16
 
DEAF (who are you)
2
2:53
 
INTRUDERS
3
3:05
 
COFFIN (feat. Eminem)
4
4:21
 
ANKLES
5
2:49
 
IMPORTED
6
3:45
 
LA MEMORIA
7
3:17
 
SAME SIDE
8
3:10
 
ROOF
9
1:45
 
DOPE
10
2:37
 
KILL US
11
4:05
 
LOVE IN THE DARK
12
3:59
 
I DO
13
3:52
 
FIGURES
14
3:58
 

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