Georgie Sweet
Misunderstood


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bedex USER (6 Reviews)
October 26th, 2020 | 174 replies


Release Date: 10/19/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blissful morning coffee: the album.

Misunderstood does not wait a second before revealing its intentions. As soon as the needle finds the groove, relaxed Rhodes chords purr into your ear in delightfully produced stereo space while soft echoes coat the background. And just like that, you get it: this one was made for relaxed mornings and coffee steam.

It is sometimes difficult not to let tenderness affect our critique. And among those who followed Georgie Sweet’s story as a growing artist, Misunderstood is almost bound to attract a kind eye. This is the earnest culmination of seven years of musical development by someone who is only now twenty years of age. Sweet’s work came to public light in the last couple of years through the UK-based label Futuristica Records, fostering eager excitement in those who dug up her songs from Bandcamp’s dark underbelly. And after many a teaser track - half the album having been previously released as singles - it is finally time to see what she can offer on full-length format.

At its core, Misunderstood is a love letter to the twenty-first century soul scene, with a touch of jazz and a slight hip-hop twist. Sweet wears her influences on her sleeve, citing the likes of Erykah Badu and Hiatus Kaiyote as her prime sources of inspiration. While the comparison with neo-soul acts is quite immediate, there are traces of other things to be found here. The piano’s harmonic ventures on What I Had Done give some surprising spice to a record that’s all about sugar, Misunderstood Reprise makes extensive use of reverb seas commonly found in ambient music, and the aerial Deserve Something is a beautiful ode to sorely missed Nujabes. Whether that is a sign of the young artist’s eagerness to explore new themes or the product of mere variations between the many producers behind the record remains to be seen.

Although it keeps the album from feeling monotonous, this multiplicity of atmospheres and instrumental personnel can also feel somewhat directionless. It gives rise to mild but real sequencing oddities whereby the record fluctuates excessively between smooth, groovy, calm and catchy with no apparent overarching aim. Taken individually however, many of the tracks become instant tunes with undeniable replay value, particularly towards the middle of the record. And while the instrumental side has its ups and downs, there is one constant to give every song a good amount of substance and provide the album its strongest foundation: Georgie’s outstanding vocal performance across the board.

It is indeed what truly makes Misunderstood not only a neat, well-produced little neo-soul record, but also an exciting prospect for the future. Whether left raw or accompanied by layers of backing vocals, her voice twirls and curls over the beats with obvious talent – a prowess most clearly evidenced on the closing live track, which is perhaps its sole interest. Despite the lo-fi hip-hop aesthetic at play on multiple songs, there is no rapping to be found here: Georgie Sweet as a singer is all about smooth, round soul with a touch of R’n’B catchiness. With a vocalist this talented and the strong support of an experienced label whose new generation she now champions, her musical outlook is positively bright. If you are going to give a chance to some random Bandcamp record to jam over breakfast, this one is certainly well worth a spin.

3.9/5



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Bedex
October 26th 2020


2453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Dankje Trifobroer for proofreading and commenting and supporting Georgie with me! also dedebroer of course





jam this folks it's good stuff and buy her record if you are so inclined pls

https://futuristicamusic.bandcamp.com/album/misunderstood

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Minushuman24
October 26th 2020


4435 Comments


beautiful review, very interested in this

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Trifolium
October 26th 2020


19936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yippee it's here 💚

Also graag gedaan Bedex!!!!

ArsMoriendi
October 26th 2020


31900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"citing the likes of Erykah Badu and Hiatus Kaiyote as her prime sources of inspiration"



Both wonderful influences, I should check this... maybe next month

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ChoccyPhilly
October 26th 2020


12886 Comments


You got me on the modern soul. Will defo give this a listen

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Trifolium
October 26th 2020


19936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fffffeature!!!!!!!

Bedex
October 26th 2020


2453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

you are all darlings hope you enjoy m/ m/

EclipseInYourEyes
October 26th 2020


1653 Comments


comment as reminder. cya later

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Bedex
October 26th 2020


2453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oh my this got featured thank you!

Ecnalzen
October 27th 2020


9605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm only on the first song, but this kinda reminds me of Aaliyah and I love it

evilford
October 27th 2020


46556 Comments


Nice rev feature is deserved

Maybe I'll check some more relaxed music.

Someday lol

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 27th 2020


62247 Comments


this is like the 3rd time i've gone to check this chick out only to see that she's not on spotify

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Pangea
October 27th 2020


5182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review Bedex!

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Trifolium
October 27th 2020


19936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Morning coffee is approaching, and with it this gorgeously sweet (...ha?) album.

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2020


5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hey boiiii that's a good one

gonna grab some coffee

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parksungjoon
October 27th 2020


22890 Comments


deserved feature

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Pangea
October 27th 2020


5182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sorry is a really good song

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2020


6709 Comments


great write up, deserved feature [2]

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2020


6709 Comments


love how concisely you encapsulate what this record sets out to do in that first para.

ChoccyPhilly
October 27th 2020


12886 Comments


SMOOOOOOOOTH
This is like a really fuckin good. cohesive album of chill hip hop beats to study/relax to



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