Walker pushes boundaries with “Over It’

Aspen Towell, Staff Reporter

Summer Walker is a rising star in the world of R&B with her critically acclaimed albums and powerhouse songs. She is an American singer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. Her first album is titled “Last Day of Summer.” Her second debut album that is critically acclaimed is titled “Over It.”  “Over It” earned the largest amount of downloads and plays for a female artist in R&B history. 

Walker’s debut album feels fresh, messy and human. Walker’s style of writing includes pushing the boundaries and expectations for female singers. Her single “Girls Need Love” is bold and it’s simply fantastic. This song is bold because it voices a strong female standpoint for relationships. Walker breaks the mold and stereotype that comes with a typical relationship with her women empowerment song “Girls Need Love” This bold theme shines throughout “Over It.” 

The album starts with the song “Over It.”  This song explains how tiring it is to deal with a relationship full of lies. The fakeness of the relationship exhausts her. Listening to “Over It” feels like having a conversation with Walker. What I love about the album is that it’s not overproduced, which is rare for pop artists in modern times. She stays true to who she is and her musical roots. Walker does not lose her originality or personality in her songs. She was quoted saying “I write my songs the way I think is best, I won’t be pushed aside.” 

The song “Playing Games” expresses feelings about men that didn’t return her love. “Playing Games” is my favorite song on the album, besides the emotional meaning, it is super catchy while at the same time moody. The song has a pop song feel with the beats, but the lyrics are impactful and describe a toxic relationship. 

Walker’s album is a true example of an emotional rollercoaster. There is a delightful balance of sad, frustrated and happy. However, it’s not overwhelming. The songs on “Over It” are perfect for relaxing and taking it easy. These songs are not background songs. They are inventive and modern. 

Walker feels like a real person, not a glamorized celebrity. This creates a connection between the listener and artist. Along with this, her voice shines loud and true with every song. 

The album consists of 18 songs. Every song feels new; this album is gripping. Walker is making an impact in the music industry through her relatable lyrics and attitude.

The album consists of features from the following artists: Drake, Bryson Tiller, Usher, 6LACK, PARTYNEXTDOOR, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and Jhene Aiko. Drake’s collaboration on “Girls Need Love” really elevates the song and puts the song on the Billboard Top 100. Usher and Walker collaborate on “Come Thru” and she references a song line from Usher’s hit back in the 90s “You Make Me Wanna…” Listeners don’t need a boyfriend or girlfriend to relate to the lyrics. Her music simply reminds people to live in the moment and live life to the fullest. 

Any lover of R&B music should listen to Summer Walker’s “Over It.”