“I’m still running from my dreams,
burning down all of my trees,
wondering why I can’t breathe”.
She says "I know you’re gonna leave me, baby", a sentence that perfectly sums up anxiety attached to personal relationships and ultimately feeling like you’re all alone. Stress and Anxiety have found their way to the forefront of conversation, we as a people are finally at a point where we can say out loud I’m anxious, I’m nervous, I’m stressed out, I mentally cannot handle this. It is remarkable how Tangina can show this in her music as well. "By The Sea continues this narrative as Gina recounts a conversation with her grandmother at a time where she was truly ready to give up, yet from that conversation came great encouragement and inspiration for perseverance through her career as well as a great track. The album goes on an upbeat slow sound emotional roller coaster
A stand out track is certainly the single featuring Nelly Furtado, "Exposed". A dreamy stroll into a tragic love story, the up and downs, the guilt and the blame that comes with unfortunate situations. Filled with raw emotions as they apply to the self as well as personal relationships, "Elevate" also takes a political tone with "Black Boy", another one of my favorites. A personal letter to Stone's father but also a general statement to the condition of the Black man in America, the systems that oppress Black men, as well as how that negatively affect the rest of us. Throughout this album, Gina takes intense worldwide concepts and approaches them from a personal standpoint. She tells each story in a way that fans can definitely relate to. I love this album top to bottom and I recommend it 100%.