One of my favorite songs on the album is titled “Everything”, featuring R&B powerhouse John Legend. The swooning, sultry voice of Mai is combined in harmony with the clean and soulful voice of John Legend. The beat is subtle, like water drops that pitter patter throughout the whole song, giving it a quirky, upbeat vibe. In the song, both Mai and Legend sing in the chorus, “My pain and my struggle, my friend and my lover//I put that on everything//Feels like a forever thing.” These optimistic and appreciative lyrics of Mai to her partner makes this three minute song something to listen to when you just want to kick back and relax.
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Mai ends the album with on a peaceful note with the song, “Naked”. Contrary to the hefty use of a classic synth beat and piano instrumental throughout the whole album, Mai achieves the serene tone of the song by using the soft stringing of an acoustic guitar. Behind her velvety, deep voice, Mai pours out her worries and vulnerabilities in revealing her true self; she speaks her feelings into the lyrics and her way of singing.
She sings, “I want that perfect love, am I askin' too much?//Someone who shoots for the stars.” With simple harmonies and subtle violin echoes in the background, this song is a perfect closure to what is bound to be a classic R&B album.
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