Archives- Reviews: Doreal Williams
In the immortal words of one of the world’s greatest emcees, “Real cats do real things!” This statement holds true in every facet of life, from the block to the boardroom and beyond. Amongst those who continue to do real things is Swedish vocalist/songwriter/emcee Doreal Williams a.k.a. Mizz Dee. Her sense of realism is evident on her seven-song offering, which is posted on her MySpace page (myspace.com/dorealwilliams). Her passion for her craft and positive vibes give the listener an alternative to the monotonous songs that has been deemed as the music industry’s status quo.
Ms. Williams spreads her positivity on “Queen”, a track depicting the importance of self-respect and recognizing one’s inner beauty and self worth. The opening piano riffs interconnect perfectly with Doreal’s tremendous vocal abilities as her adlibs prepare the listener for what may be considered as an optimistically crafted musical masterpiece. Her conscious views are conveyed with passion and conviction as she sings: “Don’t compare me to these girls/They take it all off to feel worth/Only beauty on the outside/When you should work on being beautiful inside.” The song’s bridge boasts Williams’ versatility as Doreal’s alter ego, Mizz Dee (her inner emcee), gets some shine to add emphasis to the tracks premise. This motivational anthem is a call to arms for women across the globe to demand the respect that they rightfully deserve not only from men, but from other women as well.
Doreal will continue to have listeners stuck on the realness with her soulful ballad “I Just Don’t Love You”. The song’s bellowing keys and bassline serve as the driving force behind Doreal’s octave-fluctuating tone. Her vivacious voice oscillates effortlessly between mezzo-soprano and contralto voice ranges. Well-placed percussion sequences allow for Doreal to make seamless transitions from each stanza to its subsequent refrain. This song follows the formula that many ballads prior to this one have used prominent instrumentations + dominant vocals = great song. Williams also borrows her song’s principle from love songs of the past (Betty Wright seems to come to mind) as she teaches her love interest a very valuable lesson in love: don’t take your significant other for granted. Well-written lyrics cement her stance as she throws in the towel and walks away from her faltering relationship.
“Dream Luv” allows for Doreal’s doppelganger, Mizz Dee, to shine as she describes her ideal lover a-la Salt-N- Pepa’s What A Man. Although her crooning abilities outweigh her skills as an emcee, Mizz Dee holds her own on the microphone. Other milestone tracks from her offering are the consciously laced “Keep It Together” and the inspirational “U Can Be”, as both challenge the listener to persevere through tough times and to pursue your dreams.
Doreal Williams musical offering give the listener a sneak peek into her highly anticipated full-length feature. If this is any indication as to how her album will sound when completed, her audience is in for an album that will be hard to stop listening to. Her songwriting capabilities accompanied by her solid instrumentation and dynamic vocal power gives Williams a tactical advantage over other musicians in her genre.