Words from Brittany Burton
Last week, R&B’s latest golden kid, Giveon, blessed the general public with a new offering in the form of his When all is said and done … take your time album. The project was a fusion between his debut When all is said and done other Take time EP, the latter of which earned the singer a nomination for Best R&B Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
Giveon first rose to prominent status after appearing on Drake’s 2020 track “Chicago Freestyle”. The cut eventually peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since then, Giveon has been on an unshakable rise and with the arrival of his new album, he paid tribute to the journey thus far by reviewing the past.
What makes this release all the more special is the fact that it comes, by chance, a year after Giveon. Take time came first. As animators work so hard, it is a well-deserved gift to yourself for such a fruitful year. In 13 tracks, Giveon takes us down the path that has led him to this point, refreshing our familiarity with an already classic repertoire.
It is not a strange concept. Similarly, Lucky Daye accomplished the same feat by dividing their debut album into three parts, gifting the smallest EP fans before merging them together for the biggest job. It has been an effective strategy for Giveon as listeners became familiar with him through the pandemic, consuming his catalog into palatable pieces, leaving room for us to meet the Long Beach native through his heartbreak stories, offering growth with each new cut.
You will find the biggest difference between Giveon Take your time and when all is said and done, respectively, is evidence of a mature sound. While his unmistakably rich baritone remains the constant attraction, his storytelling really comes to life in the later project. By bringing the two projects together, he takes a leap to rebuild that growth before culminating his efforts with a new track through “All To Me.”
Giveon is another voice that offers R&B enthusiasts more reasons to enjoy the direction the genre has taken of late, serenading us with overly identifiable tracks that boast immense replay value. Simply put, it’s the kind of music your kids will probably have to listen to while cleaning the house on a Saturday morning.
Already grounded in longevity, Giveon still has a way to go and we’re better for it.