Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Yola, an English musician with a country soul. She combines rhythm and blues, 60s pop, Nashville twang, and steady grooves to deliver a spirited and nuanced record about Black femininity and power. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Maura Johnston on Pitchfork.
“If I Had to Do It All Again” by Yola
2021 | English singer, musician, and songwriter based in Nashville
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Yola also shows off the many sides of her voice [on her album], which plants itself in the ground and scales octaves with aplomb. “If I Had to Do It All Again” pairs a knotty instrumental bed—quickly picked guitars, a tense organ line—with Yola singing in her upper register, tentatively wondering about the emptiness of life without a special someone. It spins up into a storm on the bridge, with strings rising and Yola’s voice expanding into a full-on bellow—and the mood shifts back and forth once more, with the song fading out as she digs further into the idea of letting go. It packs multiple stages of post-relationship grief in close to four minutes, with Yola’s vocal stylings and [producer Dan] Auerbach’s savvy arranging highlighting the pointed lyrics.
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