Doja Cat album review: ‘Planet Her’ an ambitious third album with results Doja Cat’s world is one the place pop, rap, entice and R&B frolic collectively.
Inside her cauldron of sterile beats and gliding synthesizers are lyrics approximately feminine dynamism, sexual fantasies and getting paid. Name it empowerment with a wink.
On her third album, “Planet Her,” the 25-year-old singer-rapper born Amala Dlamini has certainly created her personal little universe, evidenced by the multi-hued artwork supplied by subversive photographer David LaChapelle, the solid of marquee company (Ariana Grande, Younger Thug and The Weeknd amongst them), a obscure sci-fi theme and her obvious unbridled confidence.
Approximately half of that world is value inhabiting.
Doja Cat’s self-assurance is earned and her follow-up to 2019’s breakthrough album “Sizzling Pink” is far anticipated. A trio of Grammy nominations and her intoxicating No. 1 disco bauble “Say So” – aka, the perfect tune Gwen Stefani by no means wrote – launched her to an viewers past TikTok and purveyors of web memes (“Mooo!”).
However relatively than proceed to observe that apparent musical path, Doja Cat as a substitute pingpongs from Afrobeat (the opening monitor, “Lady”) to reggaeton (“Bare”) to flute-infused entice (“Choices,” with J.I.D.) to hazy pop (“Like to Dream”).
It’s an formidable assortment of 14 songs with scattered outcomes.
“Get Into It (Yuh)” is as a lot a schoolyard chant as a tune, however Doja Cat’s nimble circulation is an admirable standout (she additionally throws some like to Nicki Minaj on the tune’s finish).
Her two highest-profile collaborations – with Grande and The Weeknd – are memorable not for the title recognition of her playmates, however for a way properly they stability Doja Cat’s distinctive, if not technically adept voice.
Grande is in full pillow-y princess mode as she enhances Doja Cat Planet Her on the ethereal “I Don’t Do Medicine,” a mid-tempo pop tune studded with digital touches. The Weeknd, in the meantime, dives into the head-nodding “You Proper,” which he co-wrote, with a patented horny verse, leaving his mark as he urges Doja Cat to maneuver on and into his mattress (“I do know your historical past, met him earlier than your peak/ He is so linked to that lady that you just was”).
The final chunk of the album, together with “Been Like This” and “Think about,” blur into indistinguishable beats. However see it by way of as a result of the nearer, “Kiss Me Extra” that includes SZA is the jewel of “Planet Her.”
Think about it a raunchier cousin to “Say So” with a candy melody and a refrain that integrates parts of Olivia Newton-John’s “Bodily.” Despite the fact that it was launched because the lead single in April, “Kiss Me Extra” is each pulsing and summer season breezy sufficient to maintain it in circulation – and the prime purpose to spend time on Doja Cat’s “Planet Her.”