Wednesday, August 29, 2012

You Should Know: Elle Varner - Tia

Maybe I'm just getting old. Or maybe music is just getting worse...I can't call it. But these days it takes a lot for me to invest in an entire album. An artist usually needs to have at least 4 singles before I buy the record. You have to thoroughly impress me before I give you my $9.99. So imagine my surprise when I found myself popping over to iTunes to download Elle Varner's new album Perfectly Imperfect after hearing only 2 songs.

I was at my favorite Starbucks talking to my musical soulmate Brandon who informed me that Perfectly Imperfect was not only selling well but was expected to exceeded projections. Aside from "Refill" (which I loved) I hadn't heard a lot from Elle. Curiosity being what it is, I ran along home and booted up Spotify. I wanted to see if the cute, quirky girl from the "Refill" video could actually produce a solid album.

I randomly selected a track and dug in. As "Stop the Clock" came to a close at 4 minutes and 6 seconds I found myself dutifully opening iTunes and assuring the store that "Yes" I wanted to download the album.  To this day, I'm still a bit uncertain what it was about that one song that let me know that I was going to enjoy the whole album. But I must confess, I do love it. From start to finish, Elle Varner's first project has my heart.

The beauty of this album is every track stands alone as a solid bit of storytelling. Whether the theme is love or heartbreak, partying or growing old together, each song tells a 4 minute tale and gives you insight on who Elle Varner is. You can't help but want to be her home girl. Because remember that time she lost her car at the bar after too many shots of Patron. ("Oh What A Night") As cute as she is she can still be a total shy girl around a cute boy. ("Not Tonight") And just when you find yourself wishing you had a smaller/bigger waist/hips/thighs/boobs, like any good homie, Elle reminds you (in a rather tongue in cheek manner) that you're awesomesauce just the way you are. ("So Fly") Yeah...we all need a friend like Elle.

There is something so "every girl" about Perfectly Imperfect. Regardless of who you or what you've been through, you'd be hard pressed not to find something relatable in Elle's music. A great album from start to finish, you'll find yourself singing along, reminiscing about that wild night, and loving the adorably cute girl who wrote some great songs to add to the soundtrack of your life.

Elle Varner - Refill by foxysoul


Anonymous said...

After hearing her mixtape Conversational Lush, I knew that I had to buy this album. And I was not disappointed. Loved the album from start to finish. Seriously I can relate to every song on the album especially Not Tonight and Welcome Home. I recommended the album to all of my friends because it's definitely one of a kind.

P.S. Tia you are not going crazy girl. Music is getting worse! Thank goodness for Elle's breath of fresh air.

Christine said...

To me, that "Refill" song is a mess. I guess she's supposed to have a hint of giddy desperation in her tone for what she's singing about but it just sounds more like she can't sing. *listens to Amerie*

Tia BGLU said...

Christine - I was talking to my hairdresser about Refill. We agreed you either love it or hate it. There really isn't a lot of in-between.

And I'm dead behind *listens to Amerie*

Jacquie said...

I have a girl crush on Elle (lawd, please be legal)! Refill had to grow on me after I stopped to really listen to the lyrics, but when her album dropped...I copped that!