By Zachary Wright
After releasing single after single in the past few weeks, Doja Cat finally released her long-awaited debut album that has been criminally overlooked since the release of few other albums since then. Cat took to Instagram to announce to the world of her first album, “Amala.” This album, which takes influences from Erykah Badu, Rihanna and old school influences. All in all, this eclectic mix of music, inspired from new and old, should be on someone’s playlist.
While Cat released new songs every so often on SoundCloud, this is her biggest release since her EP album, “Purrr!” However, after her song “So High” went viral, Cat seemingly failed to capitalize on the hype surrounding her.
Fans of her previous work may be familiar with her single, “Candy,” but they may notice the difference between “Amala” and “Purrr!” While Cat’s song still retain being under the influence by a significant other, it’s way more mature. This, along with the experimental sound, essentially revived her career.
What sets apart “Amala” from previous releases and other artists is her ability to be in love while being free and true herself. There’s a real evolution between now and “Purrr!” that seemed more of a codependent relationship built off mutual admiration of doing drugs. While the topics aren’t too different, still underneath the influence, Cat’s flirtiness and sexuality is fun and harmless. “Purrr!” was unique from it’s hip-hop stoner sound that was unapologetic and in-your-face about the content.
Now, there are some songs that are clearly throwaways and don’t stand up in the same quality. However, the songs that are the clear focus are memorable, catchy and have their own sound that takes the listener to a different world. They’re still vibey, intoxicating as “Purrr!” The lyrics aren’t fancy, but they’re elevated by the odyssey of sound that comes with it.
Needless to say, it’s different an album people should check out. Doja Cat, who more than likely by her own choices, will never be a mainstream star, but the album proves she has the tools to be one.
Four out of five Torches.