Prince Amine: Embracing Joys of Being a Young and Upcoming Artist

This Prince Amine album is a transformation. Throughout the past, he has transmuted from confessional youth to glittering maestro on vocals, and now he feels like the RnB practicing bard we all hunger for. On his tremendous third album, 'Doubted Child,' Amine rises with all new forms. Conducted once again by the precise work of a production curtesy of Pierre-Luc Cérat and an expert troupe of others, Amine glides between heavenly resonances and bouncy dissonance. His most substantial work to date is a multidimensional, snow-globe realm that is cinematic in its importance and intimate in its retrospective nature.

'Doubted Child' feels more grounded than his previous catalogs, both in the soil and in the flesh. As felt on "Elliente", there are speedy rhythmic flows and twinkling arrangements with instrumental passages, but Prince Amine's music also introduces harmony, grumbling sub-bass, and sometimes an electric guitar. The impact is lounge-worthy and dynamic, made all the more cunning by his spirited vocal chain. On other Long Plays, his voice penetrated the atmosphere with clear-cut notes or an exposed treble. Those methods persist, but he also dives in on the more emotional conveyances of his past, heightening the extended play's texture with layers of sensualism and fortitude.

"Bigup Yourself" unites these two strategies magnificently. Amines' voice is at a higher register and saturated, backlit by rays of twinkling keys. Halfway through, the momentum takes a break, and almost unintelligible whispers besiege the song for a moment. Contrarily, "Shameless" and "Granted" are the album's most current arrangements. The former float on staccato guitar strums, distant cross sticks, and rushes of musical proficiency, a blend that somehow bares reminiscence to a calypso rhythm. "Shameless," the album's luscious and sweet centered filling, bounces and feels pliant with a reminiscing guitar line with defining characteristics as bright as sunshine. Amine's vocal riffs roll and slide amiss a seasoned snare, evoking a vibe that speaks to a more laid back side on this track. "Granted" chronicles those taking Amine's love for granted, as he laments, "Almost coped that damn ring, but since the money ain't a thing, things just ain't the same." In "Things Change," he endeavours to evoke that same mind frame. "So why you playing games? I know things change... I'm just living in a fast lane", he sings, "but why, didn't have to lie, this is goodbye." He never quits and completely grasps hold of us as he conducts this journey through dissolving stories evolving as quickly as his character does throughout the album.

When Prince Amine delivers his own world to the forefront, confronted with emotional realities, his spirits pause to introduce a darker silhouette. On an earlier single, "Codeine Tears," his voice seems to be refrained as if below a layer of permafrost. A rounded, full bass and twanging acoustic guitars lend a folky-vibe, and here Amine's rugged conjunction of a song enhances the playthrough journey. His vocals, supported by a female harmonization weave together in the mix as he illustrates his demons, "Codeine Tears, got the devil knocking on my door," he sings, "heaven ain't close for sure." It's a heavier song, hinting at his lifelong contest with proving himself, and a gesture toward self-reflection at its finest. When Prince Amine confesses that there are demons at his door, it feels like an assuring reminder of where he is now.

"Doubted Child" is both explicit and bound with emotion. The songs develop and contrast each other at the same time. One minute bursting with the energy of a pop hit, the next honing in on his soulful RnB side with curative detail as he describes the challenges of his upbringing. He rues over his past in a sensual haze, then juices us into a cup of tantalizing upbeat singles. On their own, these panoramics into the world of Prince Amine are robust; and in practice, they are grand, authentic, and tangible for all audiences, marking a real virtue for this young Montreal Artist.

Check out 'Doubted Child' here.