Less than a year after dazzling listeners and critics with debut EP Sail Out, R&B songstress Jhené Aiko has liberated another collection of R&B gems.

The Def Jam songstress's first studio album, Souled Out comes on the heels of two reader-acclaimed singles: the Cocaine '80s-assisted "To Love & Die" and "The Pressure." "My Afternoon Dream" will be included as one of two exclusive bonus tracks on the Target edition of the LP.

Windy City veteran Common also appears on the set, which packs production by Dot Da Genius, Fisticuffs, No I.D and Woodro Skillson.

Souled Out Album Review

Don't tell Beyonce this, but Jhene Aiko is slowly climbing up the ranks of my music crush list. Still, despite writing Mr. Lucas Aiko in glitter pen all over my Trapper Keeper, I needed something to send my love from borderline, unhealthy obsession to definitely real, unhealthy obsession. It was my hope that her new Souled Out album would be the project that made her more than just a #wcm for me; I couldn't fully commit until I was sure she was the one. So, is her music enough to inspire true love or just another fleeting fling? You'll find the answer in this very personal love letter I wrote to Ms. Aiko.

Just to be clear, I'm not (super) insane and crazy. I know Jhene and I aren't actually dating, but considering the content and themes of the album, I couldn't help but treat Souled Out as a step in our relationship. When you think about it, how we connect with artists is a lot like real relationships that go through ups and downs, hot periods and cold periods. So, instead of a standard review, I thought I should treat this review like it was a real relationship that wasn't totally made up in my head. After all, the relationship I have to her music is completely real.

Ok, let me get out my pen and let's do this...

Read More: A Love Letter To Jhene Aiko & Souled Out

DJBooth Rating - 3.5 Spins

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