Following a lot of self exploration, Fleur East has bounced back after releasing her debut album ‘Love, Sax And Flashbacks’ five years ago with a mature collection of funky pop songs.
‘Fearless’ is a cohesive record that steps away from the sax saturation of her debut and explores her pop and RNB roots in a polished manner.
Opening with the soulful ‘Easy To Love’, she immediately hook listeners in with an infectious ear-worm chorus that captures a playful side to her personality. Exploring a situation where she ghosts someone and becomes the heartbreaker, she seems to have a lot of fun within the role. “Oops, look what you made me do. Accidentally hurt you. I guess I’m easy to love” she quips during the hook.
Heading into the dancehall elements of her singles ‘Lucky’ and ‘Favourite Thing’ as well as the Lizzo influenced ‘Size’, she has a lot of fun throughout the whole record as she hones in her sound and creates bold pop moments.
The Latin influenced ‘There She Go’ is the albums most vastly different sound as she experiments with the classic Latin guitar riffs and trumpets. It’s a sound that is very “in” at the moment commercially and still manages to fit cohesively with the other sounds she interpolates within the record.
‘Mine’ is an immediate standout and a surefire hit waiting to get some love from listeners. Oozing through her RNB-pop delivery, the song immediately gives me Rita Ora elements through her vocal delivery and her bad ass attitude that unravels as she fantasises over someone she can’t have.
“Less conversation, more love. Pushing and pulling. Sin on sin, start kissing it back. Fuck away all our problems. Pretend that you’re mine” she seductively sings during the anthemic hook. After a first listen of this track you will immediately want to go back and press replay on it. It’s that good.
The majority of the rest of the album sits within the RNB exploration of her single ‘Figured Out’, and ‘On And On’ is a great representation of this. While ‘Things I Should’ve Said’ and album closer ‘Absence Speaks Louder Than Words’ take a even more stripped back approach with a soulful delivery that will leave you genuinely impressed.
Some of the songs on the record like ‘No Boy No Cry’ and Fame’ are a little forgettable in amongst the other stronger assets, but overall this is a bold return for the British singer-songwriter. It hears her discovering who she is as an artist, and what she wants her own sound to be.