Album Review: "When The Poems Do What They Do" by Aja Monet (9/10)

Secretly Canadian

Producers: Aja Monet and Chief Adjuah

Aja Monet speaks on love, angst and the ongoing cultural experience of living as part of the African American diaspora. Between earthy drumming, intense bass lines and percussion that build towards freeform vocal embellishment, Monet’s words land powerfully and poignantly. With syncopated underpinnings of jazz, Latin and African sound with contributions from Christian Scott, Weedle Braimah, Marcus Gilmore, and Elena and Samora Pinderhughes, Monet’s album creates a delicious and soulful rhythmic journey. – Andrea Beenham