Sevyn Streeter’s ‘Call Me Crazy…’ pays homage to ’90s R&B

R&B singer and songwriter Sevyn Streeter released her Extended Play “Call Me Crazy, But…” on Tuesday.

“Call Me Crazy, But…” is a seven-track EP that goes in the chronological order of a modern-day relationship. My two favorite songs have been popular among listeners, including “It Won’t Stop,” and “Call Me Crazy.”

Every song on this album has a ’90s influence because Streeter’s writing style. Her lyrics seem to imitate R&B legends such as Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton and Kelly Rowland. There is an obvious electronic influence behind Streeter’s beats.

Streeter has been recording music since she was 14. She has opened up for Beyoncé, Bow Wow and former boy band B2K.

However, it wasn’t until January that she gained national attention as a solo artist with her hit single “I like it,” which reached No. 19 on the U.S. R&B Billboard Charts.

In an interview with Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” Streeter said an EP was released versus an album because she got tired of her fans waiting for new music.

There is no denying that Streeter has impressive high-range vocals that can compete with R&B divas such as Brandy Norwood and Keyshia Cole. However, I feel as if her “sound” seems dated.  Streeter sounds like a revamped Aaliyah.

She is still a talented writer, composing songs for Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, Justin Bieber, Ludacris, Trey Songz, and the up-and-coming artist Ariana Grande.

The technical sides to her EP, such as her vocals and beats, are what make the album worth listening to.

However, the message in her album is not a concept we have not heard before. But isn’t that what R&B is all about? The message in the song is supposed to impact listeners.

Despite the flaws I’ve mentioned, I would not wash my hands clean of Streeter just yet.