Tiara Thomas burst onto the scene by providing the hook for Wale’s Bad, but she didn’t have a ton of individual success after that. Some of that had to do with her label and contract issues, but a lot of it had to do with the music she was releasing. It had no real personality; it always felt like she was right on the edge of doing something that was unique to her, but then got caught up in doing something slightly more on trend. The end result was a little messy and just kind of dull.
But Don’t Mention My Name is a different story.
Still centered around her acoustic guitar playing and minimal vocals, the writing feels a lot more unique to her this time around. She does vocally sample the Case track Touch Me, Tease Me, but it’s nowhere near as lackluster as it was when she did her Some Cut cover. Each track flows into the next, but there are differences in the underlying melody and vocal delivery to set them apart from one another. That why the decision to have this set be so incredibly short, with most songs running under three minutes, is effective and gets its point across better than a series of longer cuts could.
The writing is probably the most engaging thing about this, though. Every song feels like Thomas is describing a slice of life to the listener; something that she has experienced and gets ignored by other people. She describes situations that are relatable and a part of life for many people who aren’t settled down and experiencing what the world has to offer. The whole project comes off feeling like a trip down someone else’s road and is a good roadmap for where the singer may be going in the future.
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