Tweet’s debut, the aptly-titled Southern Hummingbird, bears the unmistakable stamp of Timbaland’s futuristic production and Missy Elliott’s sultry R&B grammar. Yet Tweet brings to the album her candid, super-personal experience; the sweltering “Smoking Cigarettes” examines the symbiosis of destructive relationships and cancerous behavior (“You’re the one to help me quit/And I know it ain’t healthy”) while “Drunk” tells the tale of gin-soaked despondency replete with languid beats and dirgy synth chords. After a slow-burning start, the album finds its rhythm with the chunky beats of “Boogie 2Nite” and “Make Ur Move,” two retro, synth-laden club tracks a la Elliott’s So Addictive, and lead single “Oops (Oh My),” the hottest masturbation song since “She Bop.” Tweet celebrates her post-club auto-pleasure with the unlikeliest of pop hooks (“Oops, there goes my shirt up over my head, oh my!”) while Elliott continues her ascent to sex symbol status (“Mmm, I was eyeing my thighs, butter pecan brown”). Comparisons to Aaliyah are inevitable; Tweet’s warm, featherweight delivery on the jazzy “Beautiful” remarkably brings to mind the late singer’s signature vocal style. But Tweet holds her own throughout Hummingbird and, unlike many of her contemporaries, she is a musician and songwriter as well as a vocalist. Several tracks are acoustic guitar-driven, including the brazen “Motel” and “Complain,” a twangy urban-folk/gospel tune that truly earns the album its title. It’s a personal and accomplished debut that virtually guarantees she’ll make more than a chirp on the R&B radar.
- Slant is reaching more readers than ever before, but advertising revenue across the Internet is falling fast, hitting independently owned and operated publications like ours the hardest. We’ve watched many of our fellow media sites fall by the way side in recent years, but we’re determined to stick around.
We’ve never asked our readers for financial support before, and we’re committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees. If you like what we do, however, please consider becoming a Slant patron.
You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal: