If you’ve been needing soulful inspiration, feel-good jazz, or in-your-feelings blues and you’ve never heard of Andra Day, you can thank me now, for I have come to save you.
I miss Amy Winehouse for so many reasons, among which was most notably the void of a young, full, soulful voice that was singing about something to which I could relate. Then I saw the light of Day.
At 30 years of age, Day is benefitting off the age of viral sensations. She’s done several covers on YouTube, gaining traction with songs in her genre like “He Can Only Hold Her” by Amy Winehouse, branching out a tiny bit with Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop,” and completely surprising us (delightfully) with a cover of “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.
Her covers don’t hold a candle, though, to her new album Cheers to the Fall. It starts off with the Eartha Kitt-like purring love song “Forever Mine,” and goes through several topics like regret in “Mistakes,” and her lessons learned while “adulting” in the title track.
“Gold,” a personal favorite, is a story about her choosing a man who taught her about pain, when she had a man who would have loved her immensely. The background vocals and the grooves make the listener feel as if she’s in a swanky blues club, drink in hand, feeling every heartbreaking note in her soul.
Day sings every syllable of every song to its fullest extent, even adding some that would not normally be spoken. It is her commitment to every note and every line that connects with listeners, evoking emotions of happiness, relaxing them after a long day, or just relating to them through the universal language of music. If you’ve yet to give her a try, you’re missing out on an ethereal aural experience. Cheers to the Fall is the smooth-out album you didn’t know you were missing.