It is hard to get out of your comfort zone. I am especially bad about it when it comes to music. I know what I like and I don’t stray far from it.
A friend of mine recently sent me Cupid Deluxe by Blood Orange, telling me she knew it wasn’t really what I listened to, but to give it a shot. I filed it away and went about listening to my usual list of music.
Now I know who Dev Hynes is, I consider him one of the beautiful people who hang out with the likes of Alexa Chung. I also knew he had co-written songs for other people, people I don’t listen to, therefore I never have given his music a chance and I probably wouldn’t have if Cupid Deluxe would have been given to me by anyone else. For the past 6 years, me and this other person have been exchanging music back and forth, and rarely has she steered me in the wrong direction. She knows me, she gets me, blah, blah, blah….
So for her, the other night I put on Cupid Deluxe. She isn’t the type to say I told you so, ( who am I kidding..she totally is) so I can admit that I enjoyed it. Dev Hynes has given us an album that you want playing softly in the back ground when you take your date back to your house for that last drink of the night. It is soulful, not over powering and Hyne’s voice is sexy smooth and relaxing. Not only does he hypnotize us with his singing, but the multi-talented Hynes also plays the guitar, bass and drums on the album, making it hard to imagine he needed any help from the others who make appearances on the record. Even the two rap songs on Cupid Deluxe, Clipped and High Street are likable to me, a person who heavily dislikes rap music.Perhaps my favorite song on Cupid Deluxe is You’re Not Good Enough. A kiss off, fuck you break up song that seems to let you down easy due to Hyne’s girlfriend’s sweet vocals throughout most of it.
So, yeah, go ahead Rose. Give me your best “I told you so ” shot…. I can take it this one time.