The self-assured R&B star, Summer Walker, has women all over saying “forget him” with the release of her debut album, Over It.
Story by Rhylee Lionberger
Walker entered the R&B scene abruptly, though confidently, last October with the release of her mixtape, Last Day of Summer. As we begin yet another October, Walker ensures we have the music necessary to carry us through the fall. Over It provides a reflective back-and-forth of the convo we’ve all had with ourselves: “Should I text him?”
Executive produced by Atlanta maestro London On Da Track, Over It has music and lyrics that blend perfectly to create an album that is easy to finish, beginning to end: 18 different tracks, six notable features, and 48-minutes of Walker’s honesty.
Throughout the album, Walker gives a glimpse into the peaks and valleys of relationships. On “Body,” Walker’s personal favorite, the confidence of the young singer is exemplified. Walker sings about a tricky situation where it’s her body that is leading her to make hasty decisions, saying, “Baby, I’m talking crazy/ I need you right in my space, but I need it baby.”
Further on the album, “Fun Girl,” is an acoustic piece filled with raw emotions and confusion. Walker spends the song questioning why she isn’t good enough but still arguing she won’t change “cause I make my own money and my own moves/love who I want and fuck who I choose/don’t take no shit and won’t be used,” she sings. Through the emotional turmoil she reveals in the song, she still remains the same assured Walker, just a bit more vulnerable and genuine.
Walker includes several tracks to get her listeners amped and awake. Joining forces with Usher on “Come Thru,” Walker crafts an upbeat, R&B classic– narrating through those late night thoughts about extending an invitation to an admirer. On “Tonight,” Walker is looking to “make up for lost time.” Sex and stress are separated on Walker and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s “Stretch You Out,” when problems are ignored and pleasure is on the forefront of both of their minds.
On the flip side of those relationships, Walker and Jhené Aiko create, “I’ll Kill You.” Both singing about how long they have waited for love; Summer shows she’s not playing around by pleading for lovers to avoid stupidity, singing, “I’ll go to Hell or jail about you boy.” Similar sentiments are shared on “Just Might,” with PARTYNEXTDOOR. Summer is fed up with love, sharing, “I just might be ho/what am I missing/seems like you gain more from a sugar daddy or a drug dealer.”
Walker wraps up the album with the already legendary Drake assisted song, “Girls Need Love Too.” Over It reveals a full range of Walker’s writing and singing abilities that’ll bring continued success in R&B and blues. Her chosen features suggests a great understanding for compatibility in songs; however, more female features could be beneficial to accompany Walker’s voice and attitudes in a time when women are dominating rap and R&B.
The put-together debut album shows that there is always a dichotomy of good and bad in sex and relationships. We are reminded that those late-night texts can either lead to some fun times or hurt feelings; both places we’ve all been before.