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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the New York City indie R&B artist was produced by Jeremy Most and mixed Tom Elmhirst.
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Teach You
[Chorus] Do I have to explain how to care for somebody you love? Call 'em up on the phone when they're feeling blue Light up with the words they say... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 5, 2019
    100
    She adds magic to the mundane, cracking it open to reveal multifaceted nuances: longing, pleasure, resentment, jealousy and also self-love.
  2. Feb 25, 2019
    82
    The skill she shows elevates her above much of the competition, imbuing her with a decided level of class and credence. King wears that crown well.
  3. Feb 5, 2019
    80
    King's voice remains assured and soft, like she's confidently revealing secrets in the most expressive way possible, without disturbing her neighbors. This time, there's a little more grit and swagger, and frequently there's a sense of resolve that comes through even when not indicated lyrically.
  4. Feb 19, 2019
    75
    The music here may float into the ear canal, but Emily King is anything but feather light. She crafts what can only be called humane pop, and it seeks to understand. Gentle music that, should you let your guard down, may just leave you stunned.
  5. Feb 5, 2019
    70
    Scenery comes ever-so-close to its intended level of sublime, yet plays things on the safe side: pleasant, powerful, precise.
  6. Q Magazine
    Feb 13, 2019
    60
    These songs aren't in line with much contemporary R&B, but reach for something more retro, and on tracks such as Teach You, a kind of Broadway grandeur. The strange result is that they in fact sound refreshingly modern. [Apr 2019, p.113]
  7. Feb 6, 2019
    50
    Unlikely to be turning on any new fans, this will no doubt please those who have followed King since her earliest appearance on Nas' Street's Disciple, yet there's really not enough here to grab onto to really move the soul and demand repeated listens.

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  1. Feb 8, 2019
    9
    I love her voice, it’s so different and soothing. She’s a great example that you don’t need to belt to be a good singer. Simple and raw isI love her voice, it’s so different and soothing. She’s a great example that you don’t need to belt to be a good singer. Simple and raw is beautiful too. My favourite thing about this record is the production. Each song sounds freakin beautiful. The fact that for the production they used instruments makes me appreciate the album even more. RnB/Funk was the perfect genre for this album, it sounds classy. Also, the background vocals in ‘Running’ are gorgeous. The end of ‘2nd Guess’ is breathtaking, wow, chills. The length of the album is perfect, short and cohesive. I also love the lyrics in this album. Great,great work Emily Expand
  2. Feb 7, 2019
    7
    I often listen to music while working, hoping for something to lurk in the background, keeping pace, not distracting me from my tasks.I often listen to music while working, hoping for something to lurk in the background, keeping pace, not distracting me from my tasks. Overall, I have found "Scenery" fits the bill: Decent, but not overbearing back-beats, combined with light, breathy vocals, with a tendency for cohesiveness throughout the album.

    Tracks which were good for a second listen-through, like "Look At Me Now", "Blue Light", provided me with what I look for in music, a nice background to work by, with a beat to keep the pace. King's vocal provided a decent range, with nothing to divert me from the music. Overall, it's a good match of vocal quality and musical style which make this album an easy listen.
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