Maysa Leak’s seventh album is a set of smooth R&B and soul songs spiced up with some Brazilian flavoured grooves for that extra edge. Nothing here is especially groundbreaking, but as the title suggests she is discovering who she is as an artist.
Metamorphosis is Maysa’s first album of original material and she proves adventurous in her new role as principal songwriter. A perfect example of this is the seven-minute opus, “Let’s Figure It Out,” which starts off as a laid back instrumental jazz track with some tight guitar riffs courtesy of Nick Colionne and then morphs into a steaming dance floor groove. Alongside dance tracks, Maysa still pulls out some amazing ballads to be found in “Love So True” and “Walk Away” – both display Maysa’s velvety voice and open but honest lyrics about love lost and found.
Track-for-track, Metamorphosis is a powerful collection of songs from an artist who is continuously evolving her mind, body and soul – thankfully, this is only the beginning of her transformation. Keep your ear to the ground; you will be hearing more from Maysa in the future. (Shanachie Entertainment Corporation)