Rekha releases her long-awaited debut filled with sureness, lyrical honesty and flare. ‘Expectations’ is beautifully honest and varied in lyrical content. With standout tracks such as: ‘I’m a Mess’, ‘Self Control’ and ‘Shining Star’. ‘Expectations’ is more than a debut it is an expertly crafted body of work from a very matured and skilled artist such as Rekha herself.- Audio with Ash
The Pop starlet (who is an acclaimed writer and music producer) takes her rightful place as one of the music industry’s latest starlets. Having been very open about her anxiety and fears, Rekha pairs raw emotion and feeling on an album that will definitely meet your expectations.
The opening track Ferrari is a slow burner that narrates the journey that is ‘life’ and all of the insecurities and doubts that can follow. It is the perfect opener for an artists debut, as Rekha sings “I’m a Ferrari… living in the fast lanes getting kind of lonely”. With limited instrumentation, Rekha’s vocals are put on full show, as she belts the high notes and shows us that she is just getting started (and has no reason to stop).
In an interview with NME (on her album’s title) Rekha said:
“Oh man! I just think life is very unexpected. You expect to fall in love this way, to be successful this way… this is how you plan your life to go – you’ll get married and have kids and this and that – but life is always kinda like: ‘Na ah ah, I’m going to do it the way I want to!’ It’s good to keep your expectations kinda low so that you never know what to expect, and just go with the flow.”
After the success of her previous single Mean’t to be (a record where Rekha tried her hand at Country and succeeded, alongside country sensation Florida Georgia Line) comes I’m a Mess. A record which tackles Rekha’s own anxiety and flaws when in love. Whilst lyrically focused on Love, I’m a mess certainly packs more of a punch with a slow beat and a catchy chorus. It is infectious pop that is raw and honest, adding to Rekha’s own self-reflective style of writing as she sings:
“Everything’s been so messed up here lately
Pretty sure he don’t wanna be my baby
Oh, he don’t love me, he don’t love me
He don’t love me, he don’t love me
But that’s okay
‘Cause I love me, yeah, I love me”
Overall Expectations is everything you would expect from a debut (if not more). It is self-assured, progressive and a real stand out for an artist who is just getting started. Although not unfamiliar with the spotlight, Rekha commands us with her raspy vocals and her unique eye for storytelling. As we see her lyrics explore relationships, love, self-love, identity and anxiety. It is an album that will appeal to the masses as its effortlessly poignant and fluid (in terms of Rekha’s lyrical content).
What could have been an album filled with repetitive pop bangers, comes together as an album that is Rexha’s own response to her imperfections, flaws and troubles. It is an album that is beautifully incomplete and rough around the edges, similar to the complicated nature of the human soul.
Audio with Ash’s Rating: 8/10
Expectations is available now via Warner Bros. Records
NME. 2018. Bebe Rexha interview: on ‘Expectations’, Pete Wentz and Avril Lavigne. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-radar/bebe-rexha-interview-expectations-2018-2323620. [Accessed 26 June 2018].
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