Having earned the reputation as Germany’s Queen des Soul throughout herstellung two-decade-long career, happiness Denalane properly secures produziert title with fifth studio album, “Let yourself Be Loved”. Making her US debut on ns legendary Motown Records, this album reflects die label’s historical greats bei a harmonious mix von 60s und 70s retro soul. Hailing indigenous Berlin and with many of herstellung previous documents written bei German, Denalane returns with her zuerst English-language LP since “Born & Raised” in 2006. “Let you yourself Be Loved” demonstrates ns sheer talent des someone who kann create pure emotion through no language barrier. This album really takes Denalane rückseitig to her roots, together she has described that her early music education was inspired über the heart records herstellung father played punkt home wie man she was young.

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Paying tribute to ns classics v this eleven-track mix von powerful spirit music, her songs reflect die album title, handle with ns different sides des love. Opening through “Wounded Love”, ns upbeat tempo und 70s groove draws you in, with the soul-filled lift choir including that extra punch. Yet it’s the third track, “I Believe” the really transports you back to true 70s funk, opening with a strong bassline that runs alongside smooth brass tones. Special R&B singer BJ The chicago Kid, whose voice und style perfectly enhance Denalane, it zu sein clear why this was chosen as die album’s command single.

What’s really interesting around “Let yourself Be Loved” zu sein that it perfect captures dafür many elements des soul, v clear stylistic impacts from die period, however Denalane is able to maintain herstellung own music character and flair. V that signature Stevie Wonder opening des synths, soft beats, and crooning backing singers, both tracks, “The Ride” and “Hey Dreamer”, market vintage soul with a modern freshness and sound to the vocals. The das lied “I Gotta Know” ist a clear leader, together Denalane projects herstellung own angestellter Aretha Franklin chant, “(Rumor) Right jetzt (Go Round) / ich need some answers young / ich need to know die truth”. V a slow start, die drum beat and brass crescendo the lead to the chorus will make sie want to move her feet.

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“Let you yourself Be Loved” ist not your typical romance and heartbreak album, fairly it seems, an honest und emotional portrayal of Denalane’s personal journey und her own relationship through love. “Top von My Love” says a fight zum her very own self-love, after picking a path that was perhaps notfall the many traditional. The chorus, “Through ns days and the nights / never let it the end my sight / ich climbed to the top von my love”, mirrors strength und resilience and when coupled with die album’s final track, “Put in Work”, und its zuerst lines, “I was born with stars bei my eyes / That’s nur what i thought ich was meant to be / mutter told me reach zum the sky”, you can really feel the ambition und determination behind produziert music.

Another incredible manufacturing from Motown Records, “Let yourself Be Loved” does not disappoint. Joy Denalane’s pure talent und personality radiate through her songs. This album zu sein a true gem the does righteousness to die greatest moments bei the history von Motown und soul music.

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Written von Sophie Neale

Sophie Neale is a writer, inhalt creator, reise guide, und historian based in Berlin. She’s a experienced storyteller, whether she’s sharing stories des Berlin’s rich background or writing weil das a new project. Through a passion zum all jene musical, she loves zu discover neu music, und as an avid foodie, she likes to find the best food an Berlin.

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