‘Perfectly Imperfect’ Elle Varner
Elle Varner’s debut album is titled, Perfectly Imperfect, but she should have called it Perfect. The newcomer’s 11-track set is pure excellence, full of R&B gems that are silky, smooth and jamming.
Her voice – raspy at times, soft at others – is the focal point of the album as it glides over songs and adapts to the different beats, which include hip-hop (Only Wanna Give It to You, I Don’t Care), funk-soul (So Fly) and contemporary R&B (Welcome Home).
Stop the Clock is flavorful and addictive, thanks to its dramatic beat and the sound of handclapping dominating the chorus. Refill, a Top 10 R&B hit, is velvety and could easily be a TV jingle.
Producers Oak & Pop, best known for their work on Nicki Minaj’s Your Love and Big Sean’s Marvin and Chardonnay, helm most of the songs, though Varner’s father, Jimmy Varner, co-writes and produces some of the tracks, and her mother, Mikelyn Roderick, works as a vocal producer and background singer. Varner, a graduate of Clive Davis’ music school at New York University, co-wrote each song, and she’s got a skill with the pen.