Unlike other genres, R&B is all about the individual. Hip-Hop, Rock, EDM, and many other genres can lean on cliches, but being inauthentic in R&B will not go unnoticed. Shamba, who is from New Jersey, has no trouble with that idea. Thought it Was Love is her impressive debut album, unleashing her talent and capturing the hearts of almost everyone who has ever experienced love.
The 26-minute EP offers eight tracks of quality music, albeit a brisk one. Through the project, Shamba tells the narrative of a love that she didn’t see going wrong, and reveals the feeling behind the title. She does this in a more upbeat way on records like, “Tell Me How You Really Feel,” and “Stuck With Me,” where her emotions subside in favor of the vibe of the song. Song titles like, “Risk it All” and “Toxic” are where the album truly comes into its own. Among the few slow tracks on the project, “Risk it All,” is an outstanding example of Shamba pushing herself out of her comfort zone and truly showing off both her lyrical ability and vocal range. As a contrast, in “Toxic,” which features Michael Aristotle, she stays within her comfort zone and showcases her strengths.
Those unfamiliar with Shamba will find Thought it Was Love an excellent introduction. Get acquainted with the project below by listening to it.
This article was penned by Jonathan P. Wright. Jonathan is a freelance writer for multiple mainstream publications and CVO of RADIOPUSHERS. You can read more of his work by clicking here.