By Jamie Deliz
Published: March 22nd, 2017
Music’s best kept secret, SoMo, released his fourth album, “The Answers,” last weekend. The album left fans with yet another distinctive effort that further highlights the artist’s sensual vocals and his hypnotizing beats, which separate him from the many “please-don’t-become-too-famous” artists that fans like to hold tight.
Starting off on YouTube, SoMo is best known by his fans for his “SoMo Sundays” and song covers of artists like Justin Bieber, Drake, The Weeknd, Mairo, and Tove Lo. But the general public might know him by his popular R&B single, “Ride.”
And four albums in, he’s still that confident, unchangeable singer-songwriter from Texas. And whether he’s talking about love, sex, or self-drive, he’s one of those artists who knows his craft, knows who he is and knows how to produce great tunes.
This time around, we listen to a story about a tumultuous relationship that asks for both separation and forgiveness, and questions about “what’s right” and “what’s wrong,” but SoMo gives us his answer: it’s about overcoming your faults and getting the person you love back.
In his house-like beat intro, SoMo starts the tone, or story, of the album with, “She never felt betrayed, he was a womanizer/he did many things, things that paralyzed her/now she’s free to run, now she’s running wild/full of venom, and it’s been a while,” with a sound that’s similar to a 2000s-club hit, right down to the abrupt ending.
The beauty behind “The Answers” is that there’s a story being told from start to finish. The album intertwines slow-trance and dance numbers that circulate around relationships and his growth as a man, crossing over to The Weeknd, Majid Jordan, and Nick Jonas’ territories. But, of course, it’s still SoMo.
The capital “S” in his stage name should stand for “sex” because that’s what fans hear when listening to “Mirror,” “Play,” featuring Maty Noyes, and “First.” Of course, as we reach the second-half of the album, there’s still “sex,” but it’s much more telling and intimate between SoMo and his partner with the songs “Control,” and “Curve.”
“Control” and “First” were released on his weekly “SoMo Sundays” before “The Answers” released, and it sure was a surprise. The album certainly would’ve faltered if he combined every single one of his “SoMo Sundays” songs because, well, why wouldn’t fans want newer songs? Luckily, he totaled it down to three pre-released songs and added more originals.
“Mirror,” explicit and all, is the second song off the album and is about this said-womanizer picking up this said-“venomous” girl up from the club, letting her know she’s in for a hell of a night…basically. It’s such a cliché. Yet, it’s one of the catchiest songs on the album, and, coincidentally, the climatic beats actually fit with what he’s promising in that moment.
And that’s the beginning of this said-relationship.
Now that he’s found someone, his relationship molds into something more than just a one-night stand. Now, they’re in this stage when everything and anything either of them do is cute and funny. “Champion” is self-explanatory in that he feels like a winner being with this girl.
But as things become more serious, with problems creeping in, it becomes something even more real. “Drop me a lie, whether it’s three in the morning, rainin’, but it’s you that’s stormin/runnin’ back, done with that, though you were never comin’ back,” he explains in “Curves.” And, just as he’s trying to overcome his ways, he’s facing his own karma.
“Over” tells the girl’s side of the story and his regrets. Begging, “Baby don’t be over us/baby don’t be over love,” SoMo asks why she only wants the sex and not the “emotions,” and why she’s leaving him, instead.
A sweet play on the album’s title, SoMo’s “Do You” questions this girl’s love for him and, broken-hearted, he tries to move on, but simply can’t. “When they say you live life on the road, he didn’t know they mean life all alone.”
And during their time apart, he realizes all his wrongdoings. “You know I love the way you want it/I don’t wanna stop ya/If I’m being honest, I think I mighta hurt ya,” he sings, with female vocals gracing the background in “Want It,” one of my personal favorites.
Another favorite off “The Answers” is “Just a Man,” hands down. In all its sincerity, it’s the most honest song, and one of his best to date: “I’m just a man, and you are my world/ I’m half what I am/with you I am whole.” His womanizing days are over, and he’s finally realized the amazing, self-sufficient woman before his eyes.
Closing the album are “Answers” and “You (Bonus),” my other all-time favorite, with its ode to Euro-dance music and euphoric charm. The answers were right in front of him this whole time: “You.”
So, why should you give this album a try?
When it comes down to it, it’s a romantic coming-of-age story that has been told countless times and in many different ways. Then again, we sometimes need music like this to make us stop, sing, have fun, and separate ourselves from the rest of the world. Sure, it’s not an album that’s politically-driven, or anything of that nature, but not all music has to be. This album encompasses all of those throwback R&B and boyband-type songs we all know and love, making for a truly special experience.