Album Review: - Ugh, those feels again by Snoh Aalegra
Very Good, Based on 4 Critics
The 405 - 75 Based on rating 7.5/10
Ugh, those feels again... is something all of us can relate to. A mix of dread, excitement and reluctance can all be facets of falling in love. The sophomore release from the Swedish-Iranian singer Snoh Aalegra is closely tied with her first album FEELS. Snoh hasn't been afraid to show her ….
Like its name implies, Snoh Aalegra's - Ugh, those feels again is an emotional rollercoaster. On it, the Swedish songstress is a master conductor, navigating the giddiness of budding romance, the crushing lows of heartbreak and the ultimate relief of finding solid love, with expert precision.
Like the best of old-school R&B, - Ugh, those feels again has a heavy hip-hop influence and an aura of feel-good innocence throughout, even on darker songs like "Love Like That" and the infectious, call-and-response number "Nothing to Me ….
The Iranian-Swedish singer-songwriter first broke out with 2017's FEELS, an exploration of identity that encouraged praise from critics and musical contemporaries alike, one shining example being Prince who mentored her before his passing away. Two years later, she returns with a collection of songs that conjure the image of an outsider coming into their own and learning to love oneself while others slip away. The album's title says it all: - Ugh, those feels again is an immediately relatable sentiment, a reluctance to put oneself through the difficulty of falling in love once more.
Snoh Aalegra's sophomore release, 'Ugh, those feels again', probes further into the forward-facing synthetic soul of her 2017 debut 'FEELS', better expounding her emotional psyche post-relationship. The heady high and fragrant evocations of love in full bloom are tempered by a charged melancholy, with interdependency, isolation and self-worth coming into play as a breakup looms. On 'Ugh…' Snoh humanises her feelings, her experiences and ingratiates the listener to her brand of heartbreak soul, hence the album title.