R&B’s thriving Sad Girl, Summer Walker, has been through so much change since her 2019 debut album was released. She’s become a mother, dabbled in side projects, and suffered a very public split with Then-Boyfriend and music producer, LondonOnDaTrack. As time flashed passed, we were gifted her second anticipated album, “Still Over it” on November 5th, 2021. My opinion still stands, “Over It” did not top Walker’s EP, “Last Days of Summer”. Nonetheless, so hasn’t “Still Over it”, but that does not mean it was a bad album. The album received a mixed reaction from praise about being able to be angry at exes publicly to boredom from the lackluster tracks of one octave sounding too similar. Since the release of her new album, we’ve had to accept that her sound has changed and is still very much deserving of the recent accolades she has received in her budding career.
The collective’s favorite fixture about “Still Over It” is the vulnerabilityy. With dagger-filled lyrics on the album, I didn’t pay attention to the commotion. Many more meaningful things stood out to me on this album, like how she executed capturing the 2000s R&B Influence we fake cried to growing up, that is, if you’re a millennial. Times when Avant, The Dream, and more had us fake crying as if we understood the hardships. With time blinking by, we now have our relatable tunes we can apply to our emotional lusty dramas. Keep in mind, I’m not saying Summer’s album is strong on this, but there seems to be a slight come back and it’s greatly appreciated.
The 2000s R&B songs we clench to so dearly are finally making their influence into today’s music. I could be late as hell, or just on to something. We all know R&B in the 2000s molded so much for the mainstream culture today.
Overall, I did not enjoy the album right away, but after giving it a bit of time I was able to form some top picks. I totally get that Summer Walker used this album to transcend her love pains. Artists must channel their experiences into art. The intention behind the entire project is greatly appreciated, but again, it just still doesn’t top “Last Days Of Summer” EP. There are a couple songs that made this album unnecessarily lengthy. The Paper Koi Top Pick’s and Honorable Mentions would’ve made for a better album, there are generally too many tracks that don’t have to be there due to the redundancy… Hopefully, her next project will show us of summer walker’s growth. Wishing her growth, evolution, and wisdom.
Top pick’s from “Over It Again”:
1.) Unloyal (feat. Ari Lennox)
Summer Walker and Ari Lennox created magic together. I loved everything to the lyrics, the band, the mainstream references, and the performance. I genuinely wouldn’t be mad if they drop a joint EP— which is a great idea!
2.) Dat Right There (feat. Pharrell, The Neptunes)
I was a bit confused about what that really meant when I noticed the Neptunes attached, but strangely enough, I really like the song. Its different in a fun way and carries a nostalgic R&B sound— which segues way perfectly for the next song–
3.) Ex For a Reason (Feat. JT of the City Girls)
Nostalgically pleasing, it takes me back to when Jazzy Pha was curating the best R&B songs on the radio, perfect example: songs like “So What” by Field Mob ft. Ciara. The first time I heard it, It genuinely did not stick. I didn’t get what she was trying to do, but I get it now. Summer Walker is from Atlanta and is a black milinneal.
This list is intentionally in no particular order:
No Love (feat. SZA)
Just like how I felt about Summer Walker’s collaboration with Jhene Aiko, it could’ve been better, but it this case it was not bad. I feel like they could’ve done something better. Again, This doesn’t mean the song is bad, the song is giving “numb girl” vibes in the best way possible, we appreciate a “fuck dat n*gga” track to add to those rage filled personal playlists.
Throw It Away
This was written by Avant, so that explained so much. The song too displayed great sentiments of nostalgia.
You Don’t Know Me
Pen game. Yes. Hints of how old summer.
Screwin’ Feat. Omarion
Need I say more?