If the name Bebe Rexha looks familiar that’s probably because she’s most likely had a feature or two on one of your favorite artist’s songs or at least a writing credit. She’s been a journeyman over the years and she’s finally getting her own shot in the spotlight. It’s a transition that doesn’t always work out well, but on Expectations she shows that she’s more than capable of carrying things all on her own. She’s got a unique voice that’s immediately recognizable and while it’s not the strongest out there, it adds a unique flavor to everything she touches. Her exceptional songwriting ability is also on full display here as she speaks of yearning – for love, for life, and everything in between. Expectations is a great listen from front to back with some irresistible melodies, and it has all the makings to launch Bebe Rexha into becoming a full-blown pop star. She’s playing second fiddle no more.
Florence + The Machine try to strip things back for a more intimate listening experience. So there are more ballads and the production tries to be more subtle, but there's really only so much you can do to hold down a voice as powerful as Welch's.
'Liberation' certainly feels like a more genuine representation of her true artistic self and there are a lot of moments of interesting forays into different sounds and genres. I would have liked to have heard more sounds in that direction but all in all, this is the most interesting I've found Christina Aguilera in a long time.
Despite 'so sad so sexy' running a bit tired, Lykke Li's voice still sounds fantastic on the somber backdrops and she's still puts out some massive chorus that are perfect for the festival rounds. Just don't expect anything groundbreaking from it.
Have you heard Expectations? What’d you think about it? Do you think this will establish her as a real star in music? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Bebe Rexha – Expectations Reaction
'Expectations' is a great listen from front to back with some irresistible melodies, and it has all the makings to launch Bebe Rexha into becoming a full-blown pop star.