Three years after the world first heard his unique vocal stylings displayed on its widest platform yet, thanks to FOX’s hit show ‘Empire,’ actor/singer Jussie Smollett is finally ready to find freedom outside of the series and stand by his lonesome.
With years of teasing in its wake, Smollett’s kicked off his 2018 with the unveiling of his official first single, ‘Freedom.’ The leading release from his debut album, ‘Sum of My Music’ [March 2], the organ and synth-soaked song’s instrumentation may be unembellished but that undoubtedly lets his vocals take center stage.
See what we mean inside:
A beautiful composition, the song – on the conceptual – seems very “Jussie” in that it grabs you lyrically and vocally keeps you intrigued (even if only out of curiosity). But, for as much as we can appreciate that, we have to admit the song – on the instrumental tip – feels like a long road to nowhere. The music lends this anticipatory build that never seems to manifest.
Long story short: good song, yes. First single material/worth a 3 year wait? The jury’s still out.
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