Release Date: Sep 7, 2018
Record label: VP Records
Genre(s): Reggae, Dancehall, Adult Contemporary R&B, Contemporary Reggae, Lovers Rock
Lovers Rock rewards listeners who skipped past the pop anthems, trap-styled productions, and retro-house grooves of True Romance to reach the comparatively traditional soul and reggae tracks toward that album's end. One strain of the latter genre -- indeed lovers rock, characterized by its sweet-to-bittersweet romantic lyrical themes and lithe riddims -- provides the title and key inspiration behind Estelle's fifth album. Throughout, Estelle writes in the first person, inspired by the up-and-down (and ultimately up) love story of her mother and father.