Couldn’t Wait To Tell You…

Liv.E - Couldn’t Wait To Tell You…
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #65 / 760
User Score
Based on 97 ratings
2020 Ratings: #125
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July 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
In Real Life / Label
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Loud and Quiet
Holding it all together are her mercurial vocals – by turns smooth and smoky, and, like Badu’s, telling stories littered with her own idiosyncrasies. A remarkable debut.
Short and fleeting yet bound by a shared aesthetic vision, these 20 songs capture in-between feelings—anticipation, longing, eagerness, hesitation, indecision—with sensitivity and specificity.
An immersive and atmospheric mood piece akin to Solange’s ‘When I Get Home’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Endless’.
The young and ascending performer showcases her knack for crafting hazy and wavy soul numbers that reveal deeper layers of lyrical and melodic substance with repeat listenings.

Something of a sonic lucky dip, these 20 short, super buzzy, impregnably titled tracks often switch beats or cut-off abruptly, underlying its rule-breaking creator's rookie confidence.

Omg, a woman in the sLums movement!? This is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(this is sarcasm)

To be serious, seeing Liv.E live was a pretty cool experience. Alongside MIKE, she opened for Earl Sweatshirt's Fire'd Up Tour in November of 2019. Her stage presence was sexy, with a voice that of an angel. The tracks that she performed were inspired by traditional R&B styling rather than influences from her acquaintances. This is why I was pleasantly surprised to find out about "Couldn't Wait To Tell ... read more
A solid debut album that sees Liv.E developing a hazy psychedelic neo-soul album. Liv.e incorporating elements of dream pop, jazz and vapourwave is a nice touch making this album a pleasant but moody listen. Unlike her last tape on Hoopdreams her vocal talents are more upfront in here and is one of the strengths on this tape. Themes on here are mostly centered around her personal growth and relationship turmoils which can be damn sure relatable. The aesthetics on this album feels at most times ... read more
Um álbum com produção classuda onde a artista Liv.E consegue mesclar soul, jazz, r&b e hip hop de uma maneira genial e inovadora. Os pontos altos são "I Been Alive" um soul jazz futuristico e a faixa que encerra o álbum "Bout My Big Man Better". Em alguns momentos o vocal da moça lembra Erykah Badu e o uso de piano em músicas como "How It Made Me Feel" e "Watchu Need Reminded" é muito bem feito.
track by track review:

What’s the Real - 7
How It Made Me Feel - 7
Bout These Pipedreams - 9
Stories with Aunt Liv - 7
Lessons from My Mistakes...but I Lost Your Number - 10
About Love at 21 - 9
She’s My Brand New Crush (feat. C.S. Armstrong) - 7
To Unplug - 7
Cut to the Chase - 7
Moving on Felt Great and This Feels (Good) Too (feat. C.S. Armstrong) - 8
It’ll Be Okay (hymnal5) - 7
I Been Livin - 9
How She Stay Conflicted…I Hope He Understands - 9
You the One Fish in ... read more
American singer-songwriter Olivia Williams hails from Dallas, TX and is best know to the music world as Liv.e and on her debut album Couldn’t Wait To Tell You… she conjures up a great blend of cosmic neo-soul and experimental R&B. Liv.e had already worked out some material through a couple EPs that happen to catch the attention of Erykah Badu of all people, which lead to her album getting a livestream treatment on her website. Badu’s endowment makes ton of sense seeing as ... read more
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Track List

  1. What’s the Real
  2. How It Made Me Feel
  3. Bout These Pipedreams
  4. Stories with Aunt Liv
  5. Lessons from My Mistakes...but I Lost Your Number
  6. About Love at 21
  7. She’s My Brand New Crush (feat. C.S. Armstrong)
  8. To Unplug
  9. Cut to the Chase
  10. Moving on Felt Great and This Feels (Good) Too (feat. C.S. Armstrong)
  11. It’ll Be Okay (hymnal5)
  12. I Been Livin
  13. How She Stay Conflicted…I Hope He Understands
  14. You the One Fish in the Sea
  15. SirLadyMakemFall
  16. These Past Years…Told by Lord Byron (feat. Lord Byron)
  17. You’re Wasted Let’s Go Home
  18. Watchu Need Reminded by Akeema Zane (feat. Akeema Zane)
  19. LazyEaterBetsOnHerLikeness
  20. Bout My Big Man Batter
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Added on: July 24, 2020