In a time post ‘Ushers’ and ‘Ne-yos’ (aka the R&B croon boys of the 2000’s), rising star of 2020/21, Giveon, has popularly been crowned as a musician who is helping to revive R&B from it’s slow 15-year descent into genre-graveyard. This is no surprise considering the consistent quality of his music, one that saw Tik Tokers from around the globe jump on his quick-moving bandwagon, infiltrating their profiles with his standout single ‘Heartbreak Anniversary’.
However, from his breakout feature on Drake’s ‘Chicago Freestyle’, to his standout debut EP Take Time, to his latest Grammy nomination for best R&B album of 2020, the 26-year-old artist’s talents are a far cry from just being another Tik Tok viral hit.
His most recent output, a conglomerated album of his first two EPs released last year, titled When it’s all said and done…Take Time, is a shining example. Conceptually driven, the 13-track release documents, for Giveon, the end of a chapter surrounding one potent relationship. From ‘The Beach’, the first track of the album, to ‘All To Me’, the last, Giveon documents, through lilting vocals and slow-building instrumentation, the beginning, the middle, the breakdown, the end, and the lingering effects of a romance. Introspective, and in-depth in its content, it’s a true testament to musical storytelling.
In celebration of the release, we did a quick deep dive on some of our favourite tracks, picking out some perfect future additions to your heartbreak playlist.
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