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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British R&B artist features production from DJ Mustard and guest appearances from Chris Brown, H.E.R., and John Legend.
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Boo'd Up
Feelings, so deep in my feelings No, this ain't really like me Can't control my anxiety Feeling, like I'm touching the ceiling When I'm with you I... See the rest of the song lyrics

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Nov 1, 2018
    82
    The subtle wave of acoustics, sparse pianism and occasional bass bump work as an apt complement to Ella’s oration. The production also displays the underappreciated diversity of Mustard’s bottomless bag of beats.
  2. 80
    Confident, relevant and full of gorgeous instrumentation, Ella Mai’s debut proves that she is more than worth the hype.
  3. Oct 12, 2018
    80
    It’s the full-bodied and fiery tunes Dangerous and Shot Clock that shine through, with their honeyed yet passionate vocals, pointedly candid lyrics, and throwback instrumentation modernised with dark synths and percussion. These are better signs of Mai’s authentic R&B star potential than any millennial slang.
  4. Oct 12, 2018
    70
    Nothing groundbreaking, but a good modern soul album that draws on specific touchpoints--late '90 to early '00s R&B filtered by way of trap-minded beats--curated to today's audience.
  5. Oct 15, 2018
    66
    Mai’s album will likely bring her a couple of radio hits--“Sauce” is an undeniable heater. But a lack of focus means that, on her debut, the instant, infectious rush of Mai’s warm personality proves a little more elusive to find.
  6. Oct 12, 2018
    60
    If the arrangements sometimes sound automated, Mai is adept enough as a singer to enliven them.
  7. Oct 18, 2018
    60
    There's a lack of authorship throughout that leaves a sense of disjointedness. Which is more about the album's overall design, because if taken in individual pieces, there's more than a handful of skillfully-written songs that could fit into any modern pop playlist.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Oct 25, 2018
    10
    "Ella Mai" é um álbum que dá para relaxar e, ao mesmo tempo, desfrutar a verdadeira essência do R&B, através das suas músicas suaves e"Ella Mai" é um álbum que dá para relaxar e, ao mesmo tempo, desfrutar a verdadeira essência do R&B, através das suas músicas suaves e genuinamente bem produzidas. Uma obra de arte!
    10/10
  2. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    Ella Mai came to us with an amazing debut album! It's a throwback R&B record that makes you just wanna chill and vibe to its smooth songs.Ella Mai came to us with an amazing debut album! It's a throwback R&B record that makes you just wanna chill and vibe to its smooth songs. Authentically well-produced and with a great tracklist frame. Kudos to Ella and every single one that worked to create this masterpiece!
  3. Oct 13, 2018
    10
    It's a throwback R&B record that makes you just wanna chill and vibe to its smooth songs. Authentically well-produced.
  4. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    Gorgeous album. It was worth the wait. I loved the throwback 90's R&B with her passionate vocals.
  5. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    It's nice to see Ella Mai doing a great R&B album, kinda nostalgic feel remembering some old R&B singers like Monica and Aaliyah.
  6. Oct 12, 2018
    9
    The album brings a nostalgic feel, reflects how the classic R & B / Soul releases. Calm down, make you dance, make you want to love, make youThe album brings a nostalgic feel, reflects how the classic R & B / Soul releases. Calm down, make you dance, make you want to love, make you dream. The world will still hear a lot about Ella Mai.
  7. Oct 13, 2018
    1
    Boo'd Up is the only song that's good. It's the most overrated album SO FAR -_-

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