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Album Review: The Juice: Vol. II by Emotional Oranges

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I would be lying if I didn't think this album was a parody album by looking at the album cover and artist name. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I gave this album a listen. Emotional Oranges are an R&B/pop group from California and The Juice: Vol. II marks their second studio album and their second studio album this year. After listening to this short record, I have been hooked on this album.

The first track off the album is Don't Be Lazy. The beat on this track is very catchy and something that just drew me in right away. The lyrics, on the other hand, has to do with the artist's sexual life with his partner. With a catchy chorus repeating the phrase, "Don't be lazy," what's not to like about this track?

The next track, which is a bit more lengthy, is called Just Like You. Again, this track is sexual in nature and about loving yourself. While still keeping this blog PG rated, the artists have said that people shouldn't be ashamed of pleasing themselves. Emotional Oranges have said that people should be more open about it and don't have to be embarrassed about it.

After that, we have Your Best Friend Is A Hater. The vocals on the chorus are so soothing. However, this person's friend is trying to break them apart. She thinks that every guy she meets is a player, and she thinks that her best friend is being cheated on. All in all, this is probably my favorite and the most catchy track on the album.

Iconic is probably my least favorite track on the album. The beat of the track is reminiscent of the late 80s and early 90s pop. Maybe I'm hearing something else, but I just don't think the vocals mix well with the track.

West Coast Love pays homage to Can I Kick It? by A Tribe Called Quest. During some of the verses, they use the famous line, "Can I kick it? Yes you can." This is probably the most polished and well-produced track off this album and is another one of my personal favorites. The track is talking about quick flings in high school and popularizing the west coast, most notably, California.

Next, we have Not Worth It. This is another smooth and addicting track. During the chorus of the track, they talk about that money will always come and go. They might be referring to the job that he or she has isn't worth the money, which could reference plenty of things. Again, just like the other tracks, this track is sexual in nature. It seems to be a reoccurring theme on this album.

Sundays bring a new vibe to the album with ascending guitar notes and a few arpeggios here and there. On this track, they are reminiscing how much fun they used to have on Sundays. However, their love quickly faded and they are wondering whatever happened to that special love they had together.

The last track, Heal My Desires quickly gives me an 80s pop vibe. At the beginning of the track, the singer was saying how he saw all the mistakes his father made and he wanted to learn from that. However, he admitted that he made some mistakes. This girl that he was with was able to make him feel like a better person. Not the worst track to end an album, but definitely a different vibe from when the album first started out.

All in all, this group has a promising future. Seeing where they are at now in their career, and I can see them becoming a staple in the music industry in a few years.
Overall Rating: 8/10
Favorite Tracks: Don't Be Lazy, Just Like You, Your Best Friend Is A Hater, West Coast Love

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