Aimee K. Bryant's debut CD is exactly what it's title implies; musically, lyrically, and thematically. Becoming captures the blossoming of this singer/songwriter like a storyboard of still photographs in nonlinear detail. From the raw and vulnerable "Do You Know?" in which she pines after the attention of her love via simple duet with piano, to the controversial "No Nigga No", a hip hop soul track that signifies a reversal of that sentiment; this CD runs the gamut of a woman's emotional experiences with men. There are also the steamy "Kiss Me" and the sad and soulful ghetto love story "They Do (Everyday)" which round out the love songs. She starts and ends on a spiritual plane beginning the album with a beatbox version of Sweet Honey in the Rock's "We Are" - a song about our one-ness, and concluding with the title track "Becoming" in which she honors all the sad places in her history with gratitude, then beckons the listener to put her baggage down, celebrate life and "Dance". This CD is a journey to self-love. Aimee's voice is silk and sandpaper: smooth and sweet enough to make you think you could be listening to an angel, with a touch of grit that brings you back to the street. That combined with her catchy melodies and uncommonly intelligent lyrics make Becoming an instant indie classic.
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