Atlanta singer Summer Walker’s debut disc, “Over It” offers her tuneful take on R&B. The 23-year-old’s signature sound is a slow groove quietly conceived in the lonely parking lot of some local strip club. It’s both slow and sultry and drifts from love to anger to frustration.
Not big on interviews, Walker mumbles in monotone with her hip-hop hood over her head. Ah, but once she steps into the studio, her voice becomes gentle yet large, and her audio offerings of love, confidence and womanhood flow from her. Here are some highlights:
“Playing Games (Extended Version)” focuses on the men who continue to take Walker for granted. It shames those who deny her on Instagram and show her affection only in private. “Drunk Dialing…LODT” is for her current flame and producer London on da Track who apparently energizes her liquid lovestruck ballads for our modern-day social media era with his ATL bounce.
We see her uncertain side on the moody, melodramatic “Me.” There’s also the popular A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie-aided “Stretch You Out” which betrays bubbling frustration as well.
“You never wanna clean up/And you talk to me like shit/And you handle me too rough/And, at the end of the day you got the nerve to bring up that bitch.”
Overall, “Over It” is 18 tracks of sincere song-stories. Her musical style makes her premiere platter enough of a statement to suggest that she might someday become a regular of the new R&B music scene.