About a year and a half ago, I first heard Kacy Hill. She released a short EP called Bloo, which had 2 original songs and 2 remixes. The originals sounded like a female, more sensual James Blake. It was one of the first reviews I ever wrote, and I predicted her a bright future. Now, we have her first full-length, released on Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label. Let’s see if she has been able to reach the heights I predicted.
The first thing I noticed when listening to Like A Woman, was that there was little left of the girl on Bloo. Hill manifests herself here as an adult, sensual woman, confident of her actions and choices, whereas on Bloo it felt she was looking for her own style and voice. And while there isn’t a great change in style, she sounds confident, sexy and in control.
Most of the songs here burn slowly, her voice guiding the instruments. This works really nicely, the subtle instrumentals magnify her emotional delivery really well, and the subtle basses and glitches, that you only hear after multiple listens, fill the spaces quite exquisitely.
My favourite track is Hard To Love. One of the singles, it’s not hard to see why. There’s a good build-up, and the chorus will stick in your head for days and weeks to come.
All in all, this is a really nice pop/r&b record, where Hill’s voice takes the forefront. She has delivered on her potential, and I hope to hear a lot more from her in the future.