Lately, I have had Jeremih’s latest Late Nights on repeat while working, driving, exercising, and sitting around. The album has great atmosphere and the varied sounds and concepts make listening that much more enjoyable. From “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “Remember Me,” “Pass Dat,” “Drank,” “I Did,” to “Oui,” Jeremih keeps everything extremely solid.
The album starts with “Planez” which is a good song. Unfortunately, J. Cole has a verse and J. Cole has never had a good R&B guest verse. He has ruined songs from Melanie Fiona, Jeremih and Janet Jackson with his guest verses.
“Pass Dat” gets me so hyped the beat is fantastic, the chorus is an ear worm, and Jeremih sounds exceptional on his verses. “Impatient” has a great feature from Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih as well as Dolla $ign have some great harmonies. I love the melody of the keys throughout the song. “Oui” is a favorite, the instrumental is wonderful and upbeat. The switch in the middle is disconcerting, because it comes out of nowhere and does not quite feel like a perfect transition. But after many listens it is dynamic and keeps the song from feeling stale.
“Drank” and “Don’t Tell ‘Em” are both so much fun. The Jamaican influence on “Drank” fits and enhances a solid track. There are again some more awesome harmonies especially on “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”
The beats are also fire. DJ Mustard did a great job with “Don’t Tell ‘Em.” “I Did” is a straight up Jam, from the extremely playful refrain of “I did, I did” and hearing the things that he did is engaging.
“Remember Me” Is one of the songs that has made the biggest connection with me. From the understated instrumental to the whole theme of remembering someone as they are now in case something happens later. The bridge where says “Hold me closer, keep me safe” is just an interesting sign of vulnerability. Not many male R&B singers would do this type of thing now days.
Late Nights is a moody, atmospheric and fantastic album. From beginning to end I was engaged with Jeremih, the stories being told, and the instrumentals showing everything off. I highly recommend this album.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)