In the early morning of August 25, Toronto R&B singer Daniel Caesar released his debut album, Freudian. The 10-track album is everything you would expect after listening to his highly acclaimed 2015 EP “Pligrim’s Paradise.”
Caesar has mastered the perfect balance between peculiar thoughts of love and torn characteristics. Thanks to production from the sole producers on the album, Matthew Burnett and Jordan Evans, it’s easy to say that Caesar is moving in the right direction, as far as getting fans the album they wanted
With a lead single like “Get You,” featuring Kali Uchis, there was a lot of speculation that Caesar would make his album based off his hit single, but he did the opposite. With songs like “Best Part” featuring H.E.R., “We Find Love” and “Blessed,” Caesar not only outdoes himself, but makes you forget “Get You” was in the album altogether—very wise to put the debut single at the top of the track-list.
Freudian is a mix of modern day instruments with late-90s R&B riffs. When listening to Caesar, you could hear synths and 808 drums, mixed with pianos, guitars and any basic instrument tied into basic, but copacetic rhythms. If you grew up on Soul and R&B, this album will give you the vibe of a modern day Al Green, maybe even an Isley Brothers aesthetic.
Four out of the 10 songs on the album have a feature, but the features don’t take away from the spotlight for a moment. The features on this album point us in new directions just for the moment they appear, even if they are background vocals.
Overall, this entire album is a masterpiece. It’s very hard to find an individual lane in R&B nowadays. Artists like Majid Jordan, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Roy Woods have set the standard for how Toronto R&B should sound, but Caesar has found a soul audience that is willing to listen. Freudian will be regarded as one of the greatest albums of 2017. If you haven’t heard it yet, you might want to go buy it before it’s too late.
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