TEMPORARY HIGHS IN THE VIOLET SKIES

A review of Snoh Aalegra's third studio album


With TEMPORARY HIGHS IN THE VIOLET SKIES, Snoh Aalegra creates a new-wave funk pop/R&B vibe that is certain to catch the ear of the unfamiliar listener (think lo-fi with actual lyrics). With a coveted feature from superstar Tyler, The Creator and James Fauntleroy, the album captivates our attention with simple production that is complemented perfectly with the dazzling vocals from Aalegra. Normally a sought-out feature artist, Snoh Aalegra solidifies herself as a beyond capable solo R&B artist with this album. This is an addicting 46-minute listen and can grow on you with consecutive approaches.


The addiction of this album draws from the intoxicating themes: the confusion of the loss of love and the resulting emotions, the temporary high that love leaves you with, and the disillusionment of a breakup and the resulting clarity. “IN YOUR EYES”, produced by Pharrell and his signature 4 count intro, we traverse through the heart-breaking notion that the love Aalegra could be nothing more than a disguise in search of something more from her faulty lover: “If you seek, you will find/What was there, the whole time/Was love in disguise in your eyes?”