Reason, the sophomore release by Belgium’s Selah Sue, is laden with one heavy hitting song after another: “Alone,” “Gotta Make it Last,” “I Won’t Go for More,” “Light” and “Right Where I Want You” are just a few highlights. Beneath Reason‘s opulent sound, is emotive depth; Sue reflects on romantic loss and emotional turmoil without restraint, taking listeners straight into the singer-songwriter’s heart, and holding you there.
Selah’s multi-faceted voice generally lives in two vocal realms: when restrained — on tracks like “Direction” and “Stand Back” — it’s incredibly sultry (Joss Stone and Róisín Murphy come to mind); when it hits her upper register, as on “Reason,” her raw vocal tone evokes Duffy. But always, her songs exude electricity, even on the more melancholy tunes. Read More
Chaka V. Grier