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The talented Devin aka Dev has finally released her much anticipated album The Night the Sun Came Up and here is our review for you Fusionites!
With her long time collaborators The Cataracts helping Dev write and produce every song, the album is peppered with dark story lines along with some strictly fun club bangers that will make even the most shy wallflower bust a move.
The lack of pipes that Dev has is forgivable because of the way she carries herself through a song. She does not sing but sing/talks through verses that is comparable to the likes of Lily Allen and Robyn! When paired with the Cataracs beats the album can sound reminiscent of old school freestyle tracks like Debbie Debs “When I Hear Music” or “Look Out Weekend” a throwback to those daytime house parties, back when you and I were cutting class and looking for a good time! She shots out LA numerous times on the album and sings about rolling with her home girls in the song “In My Trunk”.
Once you get to tracks like “Breathe” and “Lightspeed” in which the producers go hard with the digital beats, you can almost guess when the song will slow down then start back up fast and loud again. Most of the songs on the album do this and it’s as predictable as JLO’s dance numbers halfway through every single music video she does! But you are not mad at her for doing so, just as we are not mad at JLO for showing off her dancing chops. On the contrary it mixes it up keeping the songs fresh and funky.
As a listener I did think that Dev made some odd choices when it came to the song selection on the album. Songs like “Take Her from You” Devs homage to rock n roll and an obsessive relationship, with some added whistling in between, is great and one of my favorite songs because it is different, but with songs like “Kiss My Lips” and “Shadows” it just felt that the producers were forcing these songs to fit in on the album when really…they just didn’t. This is in no way saying that the two songs above are bad, on the contrary they are fun to listen to and with Devs voice and storytelling ability, she can make you slow down and listen to the words just as she intended.
The remixes breath a spicier flava into both “In The Dark” and “Bass Down Low” with collaborations featuring rapper Flo Rida and Tinie Tempah and with the majority of the songs getting high marks in the pop and dance genre Devs work is consistent and rivals her peers like Katy Perry and Ke$ha! Dev has her own style that is sure to keep her around in the future for a long time to come. The Night the Sun Came Up has definitely left its mark on our Fusion charts so let’s hope Dev keeps doing what she is doing into her mommy years because whether she is preggers, a mom, a fiance, or a wife, this girl has the talent to put out great dance music for years to come!