Omar Apollo | Ivory Review

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Omar Apollo | Ivory Review

By Bea Willis

Omar-Apollo-AlbumOmar Apollo is an alternative R&B singer that hit the scene in 2017. He is now releasing his long-awaited album called Ivory. The 24-year-old singer has collaborated with Daniel Caesar and Kali Uchis. His album features sixteen tracks adorned with simple instrumentation and multiple vocal layers. The songs range in topics from queer love to breakup blues, all colored with a nice mix of genres and feels.

“Talk” has a strumming guitar part with light drums that present a soft rock feel. Apollo’s vocals are enjoyable as his tone is warm and emotive. However, the voice productions in some sections are not as clear as they could be; blurring his voice does not make it unique; his natural voice is much fuller and more inviting. Nonetheless, this is still a fun listen.

“Go Away” brings in nostalgic sounds of 90s R&B and pop-rock. His sultry vocals are beautifully layered and show hisOmar-Apollo-1 impressive vocal range and precision. Here the production shows he is in touch with his generation and reflects the contemporary R&B sounds.

Omar-Apollo-2Ivory is jam-packed with catchy melodies and lyrics. Apollo shows a range of moods and styles; though most of the album is gentle and sultry, there are moments of upbeat and hard-hitting sections to even the flow. Ivory is a solid first outing and continues to gather momentum for his career, which is just now blossoming on its journey to success.

5 Finger gives a review of 86

Ivory

Release Date: April 8, 2022

Label: Warner Records

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