MITMondays: Brent Faiyaz releases new Album Sonder Son (review)
A couple of weeks ago Brent Faiyaz released his latest project Sonder Son. Many people know him for his role in the making of Goldlink’s platinum hit Crew. What people don’t know is that Brent is the front man for the group Sonder. Personally I am not a big fan of R&B but as of late there have been a few solid R&B projects that caught my attention. Brent Faiyaz gave us a project that should be near the top of everybody's 2017 R&B list. Even though the project is entitled Sonder Son it is a solo project from Brent. You can also tell it isn't a Sonder project because Brent took this project in a completely different direction.
That direction was his coming of age story. Brent starts of the album with his mother coming home dismayed about his “F” filled report card. Although I can't relate to the “F’s” he received, I was all to familiar with that tone of voice. After hearing from his disgruntled mother we hear the smooth voice of Brent come in soaring over melodic instrumentation. Home is a short song but happens to be my favorite track from the album. The combination of his mom and his singing was perfect and makes me wish this track was longer. Home is followed by Gang Over Luv. This is an intriguing song because it is Brent looking back over his days in high school. Giving us a more retrospective look into his life and some of the mistakes he’s made. Another favorite of mine is First World Problemz/ Nobody Cares.m, this song has 3 very distinctive beats changes that mesh well together. The song simply reminds us that even though we maybe going through some things, there is somebody out there who has it worse than us. It reminds us that nobody really cares about your situation so sitting and whining about isn't going to do anything, you have to make the best out of the situation you're in. Brent finishes the album with All I Want in which he gives us a glimpse of the Brent we have came to know. All Brent wants is for this young lady to be his. The guitar heavy outro is the perfect way to end this album.
I was very impressed by the project Brent Faiyaz gave us. He took us in a completely different direction than what I was expecting. The driving force been the album for me was authenticity, in lyrics, in story line, and most importantly in performance. This was a solid project and I hope to hear more from Brent down the road. As always...