Love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection or to feel a deep romantic attachment to someone. These are the very things that R&B singer Daniel Caesar is able to portray with his new album Freudian.
Caesar takes you on a journey of self-discovery through his relationships. The project starts off by jumping straight into things as Caesar sings, “who would’ve thought I’d get you?” on the opening track, “Get You” with Kali Uchis.
“The Best Part”, a duo with the mysterious H.E.R, reveals the good parts of being in love, making this track one of the most thoughtful, loving ballads on the album.
“You’re my water when I’m stuck in the desert/You’re the Tylenol I take when my head hurts/You’re the sunshine on my life.”
“You don’t know babe/When you hold me/And kiss me slowly/It’s the sweetest thing.”
The softness of the track helps to describe the youthfulness of the two as they invite you into their love with the song.
As the album goes on Caesar continues to take the listener through what he feels like is love which doesn’t come without the downs and the dirty stuff.
“We Find Love” talks of a first love that didn’t last. Caesar goes back to his gospel roots with a take on the familiar tune from “We Fall Down” by Kyle David Matthews.
At first, this was the girl of his dreams who was the “one” but in the end, they’re back to being strangers.
“You don’t love me anymore. Let’s see how you like this song.”
Caesar’s gospel roots are quite obvious and prevalent on Freudian but he finds an even balance as to not overdo it. Take a listen to “Hold me Down” a remixed version of Kirk Franklin’s “Hold me Now” which has become a fan favorite as it’s a great subtle tribute to his gospel roots.
The duets on the album also help with overall effectiveness of the album. Each duet is picked very well and deliberately as to only enhance the story telling that the album follows.
“Take Me Away” ft. Syd leads listeners to a new love interest as the two only speak through body language. In this relationship, Caesar tries doing things differently by only using affection to show how the two connect.
Freudian from the beginning to the end tells a story of young love through the eyes of the 22-year-old R&B singer. Caesar is able to find a way to effectively tell his point of view while contributing different artists and genres into one.