14 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Teyana Taylor's been flirting with her big break for years, releasing the single "Google Me" in 2008 and singing on a number of mentor Kanye West's tracks. She's officially arrived with her studio debut, VII. A sultry throwback to '90s R&B with modern flourishes, the album highlights Taylor's powerhouse pipes, with skeletal tunes like "Sorry" and "Request" placing her vocals front and center. "Just Different" is a slinking slow jam. "Maybe" blends woozy atmospherics into the mix, and "Put Your Love On" toys with dancehall. Compared to the avant-garde R&B of 2014 breakouts like Tinashe and FKA Twigs, VII is more traditional, but it's no less compelling.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Teyana Taylor's been flirting with her big break for years, releasing the single "Google Me" in 2008 and singing on a number of mentor Kanye West's tracks. She's officially arrived with her studio debut, VII. A sultry throwback to '90s R&B with modern flourishes, the album highlights Taylor's powerhouse pipes, with skeletal tunes like "Sorry" and "Request" placing her vocals front and center. "Just Different" is a slinking slow jam. "Maybe" blends woozy atmospherics into the mix, and "Put Your Love On" toys with dancehall. Compared to the avant-garde R&B of 2014 breakouts like Tinashe and FKA Twigs, VII is more traditional, but it's no less compelling.

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