You Gotta Hear It To Believe It
Perez Hilton may have been the first to note this artist's vocal resemblance to Aaliyah, but after listening to it, he certainly won't be the last.
I love finding new people on Facebook, and I'm particularly overjoyed I came across the profile of Decent/Jeffree's artist, LIZ.
Her About section is simple and straightforward, displaying, presumably, her motto on life: "Everybody should find what they are good at and enjoy."
So here she is making music, and I can testify she's mighty good at it. Her R&B voice might make you do a double-take because it sounds so much like Aaliyah it's almost unnerving. Aaliyah gave listeners consistent hits and a remarkable voice, and while no one can ever come close to replacing her, even the remotest similarity gave me joy.
LIZ has her own flare, though. Her innocence as depicted on the cover art for "U Over Them" has her ironically clutching a stuffed Hello Kitty doll, and is translated perfectly into her vocals. Moreover, LIZ is definitely on the pop side of the R&B spectrum. Although her voice is reminiscent of a schoolgirl's, there's enough longing for it to be sensual. The song may be about loyalty to her man, but it's evoked my loyalty to follow her career from this moment on.
The single has some old-school vibes but her delicate voice is a refreshing addition. One YouTube commenter remarked that the musical backdrop reminded him of a time when garage and R&B coincided. Check it out and let me know whether you agree, readers! This single had me remembering the days of P. Diddy's band Dream, but I think LIZ has some staying power that will outlast her predecessors.
If music like this is making a comeback, maybe we can hope for a 3LW reunion or Craig David reappearance!
Photo credit: LIZ/Facebook
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