EP REVIEW: Dinah Jane – Dinah Jane 1

If you read my review on Dinah Jane’s debut single ‘Bottled Up’ then you are already aware of my thoughts on the ex Fifth Harmony member. But if you haven’t, then all you need to know is that I thought the debut was a lacklustre and unimpressive attempt. In hindsight she only had one direction to go after that release, and that was up. Luckily her debut EP is a lot more polished and hears her finding her 90’s inspired R&B sound. Whilst it’s uncreative title ‘Dinah Jane 1’ may not give you hope, these three songs show a growth in her production and songwriting with a hint of promise. Whilst they still may not be the best nor will they be future hits, they do allow you to get to know her in a more in-depth way than her debut single allowed you to. ‘Heard It All Before’ is a low-key R&B jam that is reminiscent of early Jennifer Lopez and JoJo material which is a total vibe. The only thing it’s lacking is a catchy and memorable hook because it kinda just sits in one melodically realm and doesn’t really navigate away from it. ‘Pass Me By’ continues the dark and moody R&B production that lacks an actual hook. But then you have ‘Fix It’ which hears her nailing exactly what you want from her. The honest and personal track hears her addressing her family upbringing and the choices she’s made as an artist to help better them. “Well, I’m tired of seeing mama fighting for me. But I know she’ll keep fighting ’til she knows I’m ready”. The chorus ignites this passion that you can’t help but immediately love and will remind you once again of early Jennifer Lopez. The only part of the song which detracts from the vibe of the song is the speaking monologue which could’ve been replaced with vocal adlibs. But as a trio of songs, this EP shows some strong potential for the future of her career. She just needs to open up more as a songwriter and channel that passion that ‘Fix It’ showcased. 

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