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Album Review: Planet Her by Doja Cat

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Amala Zandile Dlamini, or better known by her stage name, Doja Cat, is a rapper/singer, songwriter, and producer from Los Angeles. She caught the attention of some major labels at the age of 17, but took a break from music after her debut EP. She eventually dropped her debut album, Amala, in 2018 which caught the attention of several people. Now, in 2021, Doja Cat drops her third studio project titled Planet Her.

The first track from the album is a short, under three-minute track titled Woman. We get a groovy and bass-heavy beat to open up the album. We get a hint of some brass instruments in the chorus, but not too much. As you can probably tell by the title of the track, this track talks about women. More specifically, the track talks about all of the positions of power women are able to hold and how they can do whatever they put their mind to.

Next we transition into Naked. The track starts out quiet with some light electronic beats and Doja Cat whispering, "Can we take this off and get naked?" It's an interesting way to start out the track, but it definitely sets the tone of what the track is going to be about. Not a huge fan of her vocals at the beginning, but once she starts singing during the chorus, it gets better. But as I said before, with her suggestive lyrics at the beginning, I don't think I have to get too deep into the meaning of the track.

After that, we get to a pretty popular feature, Young Thug, on the track Payday. I definitely wouldn't have expected an acoustic guitar to open the track, but once Doja Cat comes in, we get the booming production start to come in. As always, I'm not that big of a Young Thug fan, so his high pitched auto-tuned vocals don't really cut it for me. I really like the track besides him though, so I guess that should shed some positive light.
 
We get another quick track on the album, Get Into It (Yuh). This is actually the shortest track on the album, just a little over two minutes in length. While I wasn't always a huge fan of Doja Cat's rapping, I can actually dig it at the beginning. We have a decent electronic beat, with the low-pitched bells ringing for the majority of the track. Other than that, it seems like it's a feel good track from Doja Cat and she even mentions Nicki Minaj at the end.

Need To Know brings in some glossy synths in the background. Besides the glossy synths, we get some booming kick drums and both the singing and rapping side of Doja Cat. This was also a promotional single to promote the album. This definitely is an exciting track for us and I'm glad that Doja Cat decided to include this track on the project. Other than that, there is a very suggestive part during her second verse on the track.

We actually get an Ariana Grande feature on the track I Don't Do Drugs. I can only assume that some of the inaudible backing vocals at the beginning are unaccredited Ariana Grande verses since it can be difficult to spot her vocals at times. She also has her own verse so that's an added bonus. Judging by the lyrics, this could be about her wanting a person. However, she lets that person know that she doesn't partake in drugs.

Love To Dream opens up with an acoustic guitar that seems to be in the distant. As the track progresses in the first fifteen seconds, it starts to come in a bit clearer. Other than the guitar, there really isn't that much more for instrumentation, besides the vocal harmonies from Doja Cat. With the chorus of the track, it seems like she's not giving enough attention to her partner and says that it's not about, it's about her.

You Right was another highly anticipated track, even though it was released close to the album release date. It also features The Weeknd, even though she originally didn't plan to have anyone on this track. However, with the laid back electronic beat, this is a perfect track to feature him on. With the lyrics during the chorus, Abel is the perfect person to respond to Doja Cat's verse. I just wish we would have heard more from The Weeknd.

Been Like This opens up with an airy and spaced out beat. We get small bits of some high-pitched electronic notes and a quiet synth backing it. As the track progresses, it does open up more, but still keeps the minimalist aesthetic. We even get a string section towards the end of the track which was unexpected. As for the lyrics, Doja Cat talks about how her feelings are changing towards her partner and doesn't want to be with this person anymore. The person's true colors are starting to show towards her.

We finally get a flute-like track with Options, as well as a bouncy synth. As for features, we actually have JID joining on this one. Not really digging the contradicting types of instruments since they just seem to put me off. Doja Cat's rapping is executed perfectly, but the beat ruins the moment. JID's verse was alright, but I've heard better. You can especially hear it during JID's verse but this track mostly talks about 'extracurricular activities'.
 
Ain't Shit opens up with some short synth notes as well as a spoken part from Doja Cat. After a few seconds, the track opens up more with her singing and a drumbeat. However, the track doesn't really open up that much so the beat gets stale quickly. On this track, Doja Cat talks about how the guys she's been with aren't worth her time. She also talks about how they'll go through her fridge and kept secrets from her.
 
Imagine opens up with some distorted strings and electronic bits. We also get some deep bass kicks once Doja Cat's vocals come into play. I'm really digging the track's beat and her soft vocals during the chorus. The one complaint I have on this one is the auto-tune on her voice when she starts to rap during the verses. During the track, she talks about how the hard work to get where she's at today paid off and she's living her best life.
 
Alone opens up with an acoustic guitar, then slowly builds up with a drumbeat and some inaudible backing vocals. We also are greeted by some soft vocals from Doja Cat. I was wishing the guitar would switch up from here to there, but it seems to be stuck in a loop. At this point of the album, Doja Cat sees herself not wanting to be with this person since they always fight. She talks about being okay with being alone and not needing anyone to be there for her.

The final track on the album is probably the most popular and anticipated one, Kiss Me More, which features SZA. The track features some interesting electronic and synth notes, and eventually opens up to a more groovy beat. This also probably features some of the best and most soothing vocals from Doja Cat. Of course we can't forget to mention SZA since she's still killing it, just waiting for a new album.

Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Get Into It (Yuh), Need To Know, Been Like This, Imagine, Kiss Me More
 
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