Album Review: Love Dominique – Wicked Heart [@dominiquemusic]
Love Dominique – Wicked Heart
Self Released; 2013
Day & A Dream Rating: 3.5 out of 5
R&B loves to work in a weird terms of endearment arc. Certain ideas might get facsimiled but the concept of having to actually experience things in order to connect still firmly exists. As often as we may dismiss newer artists due to their want of pop stardom as opposed to traditional blues and pain, some actually get the blend right. Not perfect but at least satisfactory.
Love Dominique’s Wicked Heart is a brief, whispery capitalization of future R&B with the mentality of a chanteuse in place. The album, much like it’s singer frames every thing in terms of identity, whether it be celebratory (album opener “Show Out”) or rolling around in confusion (“Goin Hard”). It’s a rather smart record, twisting things around with Dominique’s rasp getting contorted and flipped around for added effects. Does it show versatility around a cavalcade of synth tinged radio ready moments of brevity? Not exactly. Despite the charm of “Down”, we never quite get wickedness one might expect. Yet there are plenty of smart moments on the LP. “Goin Hard” is especially clever, lyrically doubling as sexed out interlude fitting for an early TLC album yet showing vulnerability to not change things and settle.
That’s the narrative from Dominique, a Houston native who doesn’t comb over her actual background or relationship history but allows for small hints and glimpses on the LP closer “Follow The Leader”. It’d a natural love song, one that lets her voice paint a picture that feels relatable and fresh. On an LP where her ability as a seductress is paramount, the little cracks that shine through are welcomed. She’s a power in one regard, a tease in others and that’s what Wicked Heart feels like — a sweet curve you keep taking time and time again.