Thanks to the success of her anthemic hit, “Try Me”, Tems, born Temilade Openiyi, was one of 2019’s biggest breakout stars. Now, she’s dropped a new EP, For Broken Ears, and I’ve already listened to it three times.
Prior to the release of the project, Tems dropped “Damages”, a solid lead single that hinted at what we should expect. Thankfully, the gifted star did not disappoint.
One of the many reasons the EP soars is Tems’ enthralling voice, which possesses an enviable beauty and distinctness. It’s also pretty undeniable that the 25-year-old has a great ear for music.
The mostly self-produced EP, which has just seven songs, is a body of work that fans of Tems will have no problems settling into. While it sounds nothing like her past releases, it still possesses the same soul.
With her dominant voice, the subtle but melodious instrumentals, and her nack for telling engaging and emotional stories, For Broken Ears is a project that will surely win her a swarm of new fans.
From “Higher”, a soulful song about conflict and resolution, to “Ice T”, a standout about finding the good in the bad, this project is full of songs that prove we all need to be paying attention to Tems.
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