Sep 8, 2015

Review: Chapter One: Guns and Roses - @AudreyRMusic

I might have missed out on another act to add on Acts to Watch in 2015 earlier this year. While Fetty Wap has clearly secured the Rookie of the Year nod we can't forget the Long Branch Native, Audrey Rose. Her claim to fame was her cover remix to YG's Who Do You Love which did serious numbers on the radio stations. While we focused elsewhere she was working not so Behind the Scenes cooking up a new project titled Chapter One: Guns and Roses. Let's get to it.

The project begins with Guns intro. beautifully done. It was short but intros are supposed to be. I would have loved to hear it as an entire track with a bridge but the way it is was all you could ask for.  Lullaby follows up next. As an R&B artist you see she isn't afraid to sing over hip hop and trap beats. Throughout the project you see that trend. This style is similar to a PARTYNEXTDOOR or August Alsina that some may call Rap-Singing (I think I'm going to coin that term). It continues with Ice Cream. This track has been heard as a single on the local radio stations and features assists from Remy Ma and fellow Jersey native Fetty Wap. Track four, Breakfast In Dresses might be the only skip here. It wasn't horrible but the featured verse from Manolo Rose is easily forgettable. It has the potential to be a banger given a remix with another approach. Bang is a another jam for that almighty "Get the Drawers" playlist in your boyfriend's phone. Audrey keeps the guns theme as the title suggests but for the first time on the project she shows her range vocally. Perfectly mixed and engineered. Roses intro serves as an interlude to side B of the dual sided LP. Audrey shows us there is a soft side to her that isn't all 808's and heavy bass. That Love featuring Troy Ave the second single on this project. Nice to see it make the final cut and Troy Ave's verse isn't half bad and serves its purpose. Catchy and it works out perfect. Pretend shapes up to be my favorite track on the project. It's the only true R&B song that doesn't style branch. The crossover stuff is fun and unorthodox but it's nice to see how versatile she is. She gets another big name assist by Jadakiss on the next song, Used to Be. Chapter One: Guns and Roses wraps up with a song titled No Ceilings.

The features on this project were done perfectly. Audrey Rose stood up strong for her first big name project. The Jersey songstress made a name for herself and showed that she has what it takes to be a star in today's industry. I really look forward to what's next for her and I'm damn proud she's a product of the shore. You can listen to Chapter One: Guns and Roses after the break.

Jonathan C. Ramsey
Jonathan C. Ramsey

Multimedia Journalist, Founder and Chief Editor of WTM Host of A-Side B-Side Podcast and more. I like to talk about stuff and write it down. Sometimes to a microphone. Either way, I need you to feel this.

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