It has been a long, tough road for Brooklyn-native R&B artist, Adrian Daniel. Growing up in the rough neighborhoods of East Flatbush and Brownsville, the singer-songwriter has dealt with his share of heartbreak and tragedy. But those trials and heartache served as a launching pad for the up and coming Alternative R&B musician and should be one of the next great entertainers to follow in the footsteps of music legends like MC Lyte, Busta Rhymes, Joey Bada$$ and RZA, to rise from the ashes of their neighborhood.
The talented Adrian Daniel begun building his résumé with his debut album, Native, released in 2013 and the follow-up, Disillusions, which dropped in 2016, to critical acclaim and has now unleashed his third album, FLAWD. What makes FLAWD so exciting is Daniel is taking a genre that has been on the decline for decades and joining the likes of The Weeknd and Khalid in elevating R&B back to its former glory. By incorporating his natural songwriting ability with an expansive soundscape that is driven by his falsetto vocals that are soulful and silky smooth, Adrian Daniel is paving the way for a new generation of R&B artists.
And while there are comparisons to Childish Gambino and Frank Ocean, Adrian Daniel sets himself apart with his storytelling. FLAWD is not just an album, it is a 14-song musical journey that gives us the impression that the Brooklyn singer is human. There an underlying sadness and a wonderful soulfulness throughout FLAWD that he has captured on each and every track from the opening “Start Movie” to the final song, “Dreaming”.
Honestly, we could spend hours describing and laying out the internal meanings within each song, but what Adrian Daniel delivers is a comprehensive, honest album that is complete and timeless. If there is one R&B album that you grab this year, it should be FLAWD.
And Adrian Daniel is out on his FLAWD Tour now:
March 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
March 8 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
March 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
March 12 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
March 13-18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (official showcases TBA)
Check out the brand new album, FLAWD, by Adrian Daniel on Spotify below and do not forget to pick up the album on iTunes now!