On August 25, Toronto R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar blessed ears nationwide with his debut album, “Freudian.” The singer began his music career with the previously released EPs “Praise Break” and “Pilgrim’s Paradise,” but his breakout hit “Get You” featuring the lovely Kali Uchis was what sparked his rise to fame. Coincidentally, the aforementioned song is the first track of the new album, and it only gets better. With features from the mysterious H.E.R and The Internet’s front woman Syd (who have both recently dropped new projects of their own), “Freudian” could easily be on everyone’s radar for a hot minute.
In its entirety, the album is quite majestic. It’s a bit reminiscent of Frank Ocean’s “Blond,” especially with the final and title track of the album. The song’s interlude will sound familiar to Ocean fans as it resembles the style of “Blond’s” final track, “Futura Free,” with the flow of the autotuned rap and “mama” being referenced after each line. Caesar’s lyrics will hit you in the heart too, like the third track, “Hold Me Down,” where he sings: “First you love me, then you leave me on the pavement.” (Fun fact: the second half of the song interpolates gospel artist Kirk Franklin’s “Hold Me Now”). Caesar’s lyrics on “Blessed” will make you want to croon to your lover (whether existent or not) with lines like, “Yes, I’m a mess, but I’m blessed to be stuck with you.” Whether it’s a cappella arrangements, soft piano playing, or woozy beats that are to your liking, this album has it all.