Willow Smith is back with a new album that may be a turning point in her music and, more broadly, in her self-assertion.
The Smiths are strong personalities. And famous. And yet the children, whether it’s Jaden or Willow, manage to make a name for themselves and establish their identity. But with her new album, Willow may have unlocked something.
A year after The Anxiety, a collaborative album with Tyler Cole, Willow Smith returns with Lately I Feel Everything. Scheduled to be released on July 16th, the project was preceded by the very introspective single “Lipstick” which already sets the tone of the next opus where she will explore and assert her personality. But also the very good “Transparent Soul” featuring Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.
Known to be a rather pop-R&B artist, Willow has clearly changed direction with Lately I Feel Everything. Highly inspired by the pop-punk of artists like Avril Lavigne, My Chemical Romance, and Paramore, this album shows a different side of her personality.
Recorded in her 40s, this new album is very much a reflection of Willow’s time of uncertainty. The artist reveals that it was at this time that she felt the need to change her artistic direction, that she felt the need for something new. She reveals that her first memories of touring were of following her mother’s metal band, Wicked Wisdom.
These memories, combined with the pop-punk bands she listened to as a pre-teen, have contributed greatly to the musical identity of Lately I Feel Everything. And perhaps a little bit to Willow’s self-assertion as well.