JESSIE REYEZ RELEASES MAGNETIC SOPHOMORE ALBUM “YESSIE” AFTER SHARING 2022 WORLD TOUR DATES – A FULL REVIEW
Born and raised in Canada by Colombian immigrants, singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez continues to deliver authentic, raw, and soulful music through her impressive vocal range and transparent lyricism. Having been taught guitar at a young age by her father, Reyez instantly connected with the art of music and has continued to follow her heart ever since. In an interview with Billboard, Reyez explains, “I’ve always made music for myself, and the fact that people resonate with it is just this beautiful, unintended byproduct. It has changed my life that people give a f–k.” With two critically acclaimed EP’s, Kiddo (2017) & Being Human in Public (2018), countless awards and nominations, and debut studio album, Before Love Came to Kill Us (2020) – Reyez continues to contribute to her success with the release of her heart-stirring sophomore album, YESSIE via FMLY/Island Records.
So, why YESSIE? Jessie was coined with the nickname during her childhood, forging YESSIE as a fusion between her past and present self. In a YouTube video posted by Reyez, she explains the inspiration behind the album, stating:
“[I’ve] always loved in a tidal wave sort-of-way that left me dry. And the recovery from that always scared the sh-t out of me too because the recovery was like [Mount] Everest, ya know? … And I think that part of my growth is realizing that as opposed to approaching love like, ‘Holy f-ck, here’s an Everest again,’… scared and projecting anything that I’ve gone through in the past – I could come back to that now and be like, ‘Well listen, if it happens, and if it goes left, and if the tidal wave comes, and if you go dry, it’s fine because the water is abundant regardless’.”
While Jessie Reyez has previously collaborated with many artists including Calvin Harris, Eminem, and Kehlani, her new album features previous cohort 6LACK, in the track “FOREVER” – allowing Reyez to accentuate the R&B/Soul album with her emotional ingenuity. Throughout her entire album Reyez successfully pairs her deliberate vocal schemes with her poetic harmony and lyricism–making the album radically smooth and original.
- FOREVER feat. 6LACK
- QUEEN ST W
- MUTUAL FRIEND
- ONLY ONE
- STILL C U
- BREAK ME DOWN
- EMOTIONAL DETACHMENT DEMO
- ADIÓS AMOR
As much of the sophomore album focuses on love and loss, a particular theme that stands out is the perseverance to gain healing, closure, and happiness. While the first song of YESSIE titled, “MOOD,” talks of overcoming life’s challenges, “HITTIN” has a seductive, energetic vibe to it that leaves you wanting more. As the album progresses, it plays like a love story with a tragic ending – unveiling each sentiment attached and detached from the artist’s love journey through life. “MUTUAL FRIEND” brings this medium home with the lyrics, “Well, guess what? I got nеw hobbies these days / And nеver again will I let you turn me back into a mess / That girl’s been on a carton of milk / And guess what? Your karma’s that you love me still.” Jessie performed the single earlier this summer on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where her savage eloquence bleeds through in her performance.
Halfway through the track list, the soulful singer brings zest into the next few songs by touching on her Colombian roots with “TITO” and demanding a presence with her R&B hit, “ONLY ONE.” Earlier this month, a live performance of YESSIE’s focus track “ONLY ONE,” was shared by Reyez on VEVO Sessions.
Though Jessie is well-known for her R&B style, her next song “BREAK ME DOWN” displays her versatility through it’s Rock/Alternative vibe. The grief and anguish of the song are realized when she cries-out in the chorus, “’Cause I’m done wasting time / Being brokеn-hearted / When you’rе all I wanted / So break me down, yeah / Take it off / Bust all my walls down / ‘Cause you’re all I wanted / So break me down, yeah.” This particular track proves the diverse and unrestricted flow of Jessie, outlining the authenticity and fearlessness of the artist.
Reyez returns to the R&B genre in her next song, “EMOTIONAL DETACHMENT DEMO” with a heartbreaking theme we’ve all been through: wishing you could stay friends with your ex in hopes that they can heal the heartache you’re going through – except they’re the person who broke your heart. It’s a long titled theme and an even longer lesson to learn, but that’s just Part One. Part Two is about letting go of all the hurt and choosing peace instead – “And now I know better than to argue with a fool / So I stay quiet.”
After the ups, downs, and everything in-between, Jessie ironically ends the album with “ADIOS AMOR” – where she finds closure supported by a spanglish message and bittersweet farewell. But don’t worry, that’s not the end of YESSIE. Jessie announced a 2022 World Tour that starts October 13th, spanning across the U.S., U.K., and E.U., with eight cities already sold out. You can find the dates and information here. So where will Reyez go from here?
Some of the accolades Jessie Reyez has already earned include a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album, four Juno Awards for R&B/Soul Recording of The Year, Best Video, and Best New Artist, Top Female Debut Album, and Top R&B Album of 2020 for Before Love Came To Kill Us. Her debut album also charted Top 5 on Billboard’s R&B Album Chart with over 1.2 Billion global streams.
Other prominent media sources such as The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Variety have also esteemed the recording artist, along with being a featured performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Most recently, Jessie performed at Coachella earlier this year and opened on Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever World Tour.
Since blowing up in 2017, Jessie Reyez has continued to resonate with fans through her passionate music and lively personality – giving her the recognition she deserves. It’s no surprise that YESSIE carries the same tune, as Reyez impressively illustrates the vast spectrum of love in life with the progression of each song. Needless to say, we can see a Grammy coming for this “Great One” soon! Stream Jessie Reyez and watch her performances through the links below and don’t forget to let us know if you love YESSIE as much as we do!
- LISTEN TO YESSIE https://JessieReyez.lnk.to/YESSIEAlbum
- LISTEN TO “MUTUAL FRIEND” https://JessieReyez.lnk.to/MUTUALFRIENDSingle
- WATCH “MUTUAL FRIEND” MUSIC VIDEO https://JessieReyez.lnk.to/MUTUALFRIENDvideo
THE YESSIE TOUR DATES
October 13th – Miami, FL – The Oasis
October 15th – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
October 16th – Houston, TX – House of Blues
October 18th – Austin, TX – Emo’s
October 19th – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
October 20th – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
October 23rd – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
October 24th – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
October 25th – San Diego, CA – SOMA
October 27th – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
October 28th – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
October 30th – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
October 31st – Vancouver, BC – The Orpheum
November 2nd – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
November 3rd – Denver, CO – Summit
November 6th – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
November 8th – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
November 11th – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
November 13th – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
November 14th – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
November 16th – Charlotte, NC – Underground at The Fillmore
November 17th – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
November 19th – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
November 20th – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
November 22nd – Boston, MA – House of Blues
November 26th – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
November 28th – Toronto, ON – HISTORY
December 2nd – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
December 4th – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Mon 16 Jan – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Tue 17 Jan – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
Thur 19 Jan – Berlin, Germany – Metropol
Fri 20 Jan – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
Sun 22 Jan – Paris, France – Le Trianon
Mon 23 Jan – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Max
Wed 25 Jan – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Thur 26 Jan – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
Sat 28 Jan – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 1
Sun 29 Jan – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
Tue Jan 31 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire