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Woodson is a young R&B artist from Boston who is offering up some interesting music with silky lyrics and bangin’ dance beats. The songs aren’t bad, but some fine tuning is badly needed. Stale beats, lackluster rapping, and immature lyrics are holding Woodson back. He needs to work on these aspects in order to put out some fresh, exciting, hot jams.
“Let Me Be” showcases Woodson’s nice, smooth singing voice, and allows him to show off his range and falsetto skills. He is not bad as a vocalist, and his voice is pleasant to listen to. The song itself has a decent beat, with a clunky 90′s vibe to it. Its a bit outdated in sound, and sounds like it belongs on the radio twenty years ago. He sings about wanting to make some woman his girl, which is a classic R&B love song subject matter. But unfortunately for Woodson, his lyrics come off as a little stale and wooden: (“You be up in the club like a star/Your amazing just the way you are”???). “Gimme That” is a slower jam offered by Woodson. Again, his voice is pleasant and smooth on this track. However, the track starts to be a bit repetitive; the subject matter is similar to previous song’s, the beat sounds dated, and the lyrics are too simple. The rapping featured in the song isn’t all that bad, which picks the listener’s interest up for a few seconds, but then the rap lyrics become a little infantile also, and the rapper sounds bored which makes the listener become bored too. Having a guest rapper on the track is a good idea, but the rapper should show more enthusiasm to get the listeners more excited about the song. “Pop Pop Pop” has a more modern feel to it– reminiscent of Jammie Foxx’s “Blame It On the Alcohol.” Woodson’s voice is mostly distorted by Autotune in this song, which is a shame since his voice is the best thing going for him. And there is just too much going on in the song– the beat, the Autotune, and guest rapper Bizzy Boy yelling in the background about getting bottles in da club…. This has a been there, done that feel. Countless other songs before have boasted about partying in the club. It just seems tiresome, and Woodson can do better by coming up with something new and fresh.
Woodson is a good singer with a good ear for R&B romantic tunes. He knows what formula works, but he needs to improve on the lyrics and the freshness of his beats. A lot of the music sounds like 1990′s retreads, and the words he sings are a bit immature. If he can work on these aspects, he has the ability to enjoy some success!