Music Album Review: ‘Jaguar’ by Victoria Monét

Victoria Monét is an American artist, known for her songwriting skills and collaborations with various artists like Ariana Grande, Nas & Chrisette Michelle, to name a few. On August 7 of this year, Monét released her debut album JAGUAR, which I have been blasting on my speakers for a whole damn week. The album is nothing short of amazing, packed with sultry, sexy, creamy, disco-esque sounds & honest lyrics. 

In an interview with Apple Music, Victoria said that this album was titled after the fierce jungle cat—known for lurking undetected until, when you least expect it, attacks its prey. She also stated that this project helped her build her confidence and feel ready to come out of the shadows, explaining that she was shy and soft-spoken until she found her place on stage.

Needless to say, the 9-track project not only showcase Monet’s newfound self-confidence, but it is also a celebration of womanhood. In songs like Big BossAss Like That and Touch Me one might think that they portray only the male satisfaction from the woman that sings to him. But, in reality, they speak about a woman’s desire to own power over her body and her intentions. Or, like in Go There With You, where she flips the conversation to that of looking for a solution from an unwanted disagreement. To have ownership of your decisions in a relationship, of your words, your actions and your purposes, is something that many women still feel ashamed to have; especially black women.

However, Victoria doesn’t overdo it; she portrays her sensuality, her sexuality, and her wisdom in an extremely soothing and artistic way that seems true to her. In songs like Jaguar, Experience (with one of my faves, Khalid), and Moment, she creates an almost psychedelic atmosphere with the musical production. Her voice blends perfectly with the sounds and the lyrics are so simple but so spot on, that all you are left to say is: damn, that was hella good. For me THIS is one of the many examples of black girl magic and I am here for it!


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


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