Have you ever felt like going back to the 90’s? Well, the gorgeous Kat Graham brought it back with her latest masterpiece. Here’s my review on her first album, Roxbury Drive.
Does that pretty face look familiar? Well, it should since Kat Graham is the actress behind Bonnie Bennett, the badass witch that never really dies in The Vampire Diaries. As you guessed, she’s also a singer (and an incredible dancer). After a few singles and a EP, she finally dropped her first album last year on the 25th of September, 2015.
Although I’m a little late to the party, I thought it was never late to listen to it. I enjoyed the album more than I thought I would. It got me so excited for her since it was a project she was excited to share last time I met her.
It’s not really a secret that Kat Graham is obsessed with the 90’s. You can see how much it inspired her in her style, but also in her previous music video such as “Put Your Graffiti On Me” (pic on the right). To make the album really hers, she turned it into a tribute to those years. All the songs have the vibes and rhythms that takes you right back to time when Blackstreet were the thing. As a mid-nineties kid, it felt like jamming to my big cousin’s music again. Like walking down Memory Lane but with new songs. I’ve never experienced this before !
I would really describe it as a feel-good album. The kind of music that you listen to when you’re in a good mood and feeling yourself. In that way, it really matches Kat’s personality and the feeling you’d have if you met her. I’ve mentioned it in my Post Convention Depression article, she’s all about being kind, respectful and being the best and truthful version of yourself and it shows !
From the very first notes of 1991 (the first single), I caught myself jamming on my chair. It has that old school sound that reminded me of Montell Jordan’s “This is how we do it”. Without loosing that vibe, the songs slowly transition to a more acoustic sound. It gives you that kind of lay back feels. The last songs finally gets you back on the groovy vibe from the beginning which close the album perfectly.
As a singer, I believe that Kat Graham deserves a lot more credits than she gets. She has a style of her own and a very distinct voice that makes her unique. She has a lot of potential, I mean, even Prince (may he rest in peace) approved. I’m pretty confident that we’re not done hearing from her. Now that we know that she will be done with TVD after season 8, maybe we could even get a tour! I can’t wait to see what’s next for her.
– Want to hear it? Listen to the album on Spotify right here !