MUSIC WORLD: My Take on Elle Varner’s “Perfectly Imperfect”
Elle Varner is best known for her infectious (or annoying) song “Refill” which served as her follow-up to her debut single, “Only Wanna Give It To You” featuring J. Cole. Despite the radio’s inscessent need to replay “Refill” ad nauseam, I still really liked the song. It was fresh and catchy. I especially appreciated the raspiness of Elle Varner’s voice. So I pressed play on Perfectly Imperfect.
I first downloaded Elle Varner‘s mixtape “Conversational Lush” and found it to be good, but not anything that I went back to listen to. In stark contrast, Perfectly Imperfect has been replayed multiple times since I first listened all the way through. This album feels vintage and fresh at the same damn time. With R&B so focused on sounding either uber hip-hop or crossover ready with Euro dance influences, this album is a great reminder of what R&B can truly be.
With only 11 tracks, I was left wanting to hear more from this freshman artist. I wasn’t sure if she was responsible for the majority of her writing, but via Twitter (the best place next to Google to get an instant answer), I received confirmation that she does indeed write her own music. And you can tell. As a young woman, I relate to the experiences she shares with her listeners.
My overall conclusion: 8/10. Elle Varner uses her voice as an instrument inflecting feelings through notes and pauses. Her songs reflect where most 20-something women find themselves. She discusses accepting her body, finding love, making love, partying, and self-reflection. But she doesn’t sound sad, she sounds aware. This album has set Elle Varner up to be around for a while without depending on what’s hot to sell her sound.