In the interest of fair journalism, ex-Danity Kane member, and electro R&B indie Queen, Dawn Richard, or D∆WN, has released a new song called “Roses.” K. The song begins much like Janet Jackson’s “No Sleeep,” but fails to take you anywhere other than up and down vocal scales with Dawn as she warms up over a demo’d track. We all know I’m a bit biased in my opinion on Ms. Richard post DK(3), but that does not mean I don’t have the ability to be objective. I still use “Faith,” “Riot,” “Northern Lights,” and even many of the cuts from the critically acclaimed Blackheart, including “Castles.” However, “Roses” plays as an adequate interlude for a larger body of work yet it does little to make a memorable impact as a stand alone track. As much as I applaud originality and creativity, I respect the value of a hook and how one can take their artistry into a commercial lane without compromising credibility and identity. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Rihanna are references of how it can be done. You look gorgeous in your Peta campaign though, bb. #Heart
The final installment of Dawn’s trilogy, Redemption Heart, is expected to drop soon. In the meantime, what do you think of Dawn’s “Roses”?