Soul jazz singer returns with second album, more of the same, but with pop hooks
Five years ago a singer from London released an album. The artist was Andreya Triana, and the album Lost Where I Belong, was her debut. It was slightly jazzy with a soul twist. At the time of release Triana was compared to Amy Winehouse. While there were similarities between the two, there were also subtle differences. Winehouse’s hybrid of soul, pop and hip-hop made her a household name. Triana’s debut, coupled by her work with Brighton’s Bonobo, got critical acclaim, but it seemed little was known of her outside jazz and electronica circles. All this looks set to change.
Giants, Trianna’s follow up, picks up where Lost Where I Belong, left off. The songs still contain the same heartfelt and frank portrays of everyday life, but the music has a slightly poppier feel. Don’t be worried existing fans; this is all for the benefit of the songs. Giants opens with the sound mournful horns, then a syncopated vocal loop kicks in, Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo, until the vocals properly begin. The rest of the track is full of uplifting Gospel-esque choral arrangements, funky bass and 80’s synths. It shouldn’t work, but it does. Incredibly well too. Comeback single Gold, has a strong pounding beat, that along with the lyrics, conjures up a positive fun vibe. Keep Running which shows off Triana’s gift as song writer as well as a singer. The album closes with Everything You Never Hard Part II, is an ode to Triana’s childhood and Mother. To call it an emotional end doesn’t do it justice.
The production duties this time are being handled by Matt Hales, he’s previously worked with Paloma Faith, so things have a slightly poppier feel. I’m not talking about Miley Cyrus pop, but the tracks seem punchier and easily assessable, but with a vulnerability missing from the majority of mainstream music.
Previously Triana has been compared to Amy Winehouse, but after listening to Giants, another comparison starts to emerge. Lauryn Hill. Like the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Giants paints a vivid picture of not just Triana’s life, but of society too. But this is where the comparison ends. Giants not only showcase Triana’s vocal capabilities, but also her deft skill as a songwriter. Lost Where I Belong was a strong debut, but Giants lives up to this early promise, as it delivers excellent track after excellent track after excellent track and isn’t that what we all want from an album?