16 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like that of his OVO label mates, the career gestation of Brampton, Ontario-born singer Roy Woods has been paced, if not masterfully calculated. His official debut album comes after a demand built on singles like 2015's hard rock-and-R&B-splitting “Get You Good” and the following year’s patois-rich “Gwan Big Up Urself." Say Less is loyal to the rich and varied Caribbean influence of Toronto, with “Take Time” in particular melding two of his most cherished influences: Michael Jackson and dancehall culture. The soundscapes here are diverse and rewarding: “Little Bit of Lovin” stands out as bubbly, glam R&B, and the album’s finale, “Undivided,” is a ballad at once hot, heavy, and hazy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like that of his OVO label mates, the career gestation of Brampton, Ontario-born singer Roy Woods has been paced, if not masterfully calculated. His official debut album comes after a demand built on singles like 2015's hard rock-and-R&B-splitting “Get You Good” and the following year’s patois-rich “Gwan Big Up Urself." Say Less is loyal to the rich and varied Caribbean influence of Toronto, with “Take Time” in particular melding two of his most cherished influences: Michael Jackson and dancehall culture. The soundscapes here are diverse and rewarding: “Little Bit of Lovin” stands out as bubbly, glam R&B, and the album’s finale, “Undivided,” is a ballad at once hot, heavy, and hazy.

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