If you find yourself stuck on bed, unable to sleep just a few hours before sunrise thinking about that someone you loved dearly and the moments with them that you played over and over in your head, both good and bad, then Arthur Nery’s soothing voice on his latest album Letters Never Sent might just be what can pull you through and perhaps, even act as a lullaby so that you can close your eyes to either finally sleep soundly or continue with the thoughts of that someone, this time in your dreams.
The official music video of "Binhi" by Arthur Nery Featuring: Arthur Nery Joan Sia Directed by: Orpheus Concept: Arthur Nery Orpheus Alwyn S. Uytingco Executive Producer: O/C Records Creative Producer: Alwyn S.
If we talk about the album as a whole, then it’s just like the crop of contemporary, RnB releases that has been released and gained popularity in the past few years, offering nothing revolutionary or anything new in the way of increasingly oversaturated ears in the mainstream arena.
These types of records are usually criticized for being largely monotonous in the album’s entirety, which tend to stick to roughly the same kind of beats and the same type of electronically tuned singing, resulting in them sounding like a 45 minute sex track. This nearly became the case for this record, which was only saved by the final track of the record Cotton Candy, which had some funk elements and a bit more energy infused into it, which surprised me pleasantly, especially having heard its previous version a few times before, would either make for a refreshing track in the album or a jarring closing track for some people.
If there’s one thing that can give this album its redeeming factor, it is the primary driving force behind the whole thing – Arthur’s voice. The record is first and foremost, a showcase of his command of his vocal chords, giving a soothing feel to the tracks with the right amount of falsettos put in the right moments and the relaxing, airy vocals in between.
The album has a largely unified, thematic arc in its entirety, which is about frustrating encounters with someone that one loves but is not loved back, at least not in any meaningful way, all depicted in full, painful detail through Arthur’s smooth vocals from the non-responsive attempts to contact an unfaithful beloved in Hung Up to the admission of lacking and personal faults in Binhi to the rapidly fading bliss of one night encounters told in Cotton Candy (whose title is an analogy to the fact that cotton candies, while sweet, tend to melt off quickly in the mouth, as always explained by Arthur during his live shows).
If you want to melt the night away quickly like a cotton candy in the mouth, sooth yourself with some sweet dose of Arthur Nery and stream Letters Never Sent on Spotify this coming October 25.
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This article was originally written by Cedric Manuel, with some minor edits by Rafael Reynante.