Melanie Fiona, ‘Remember U’ | Track Review
Underrated Canadian R&B singer Melanie Fiona makes an awesome comeback with heartbroken single, “Remember U.”
After a forever-hiatus Canadian R&B singer Melanie Fiona returns. Fiona experienced an elevated profile stateside with her single “It Kills Me,” from her 2009 debut album, The Bridge. After experiencing some success, she returned with a superb sophomore album, The MF Life in 2012. While the album didn’t propel her to the success she deserves, it showcased her artistry, particularly highlights such as “This Time,” promo single “4AM,” and her Grammy-nominated “Wrong Side of a Love Song.” She’s back in top-notch form on “Remember U.”
R&B may be in an odd place, but Melanie Fiona doesn’t abandon it in the least on “Remember U.” This gem thrives off its old-school sensibilities, eschewing the pop and electronic cues many of her contemporaries embrace. Horns, piano, and soulful guitar anchor “Remember U” down. This is new ‘soul,’ allowing Fiona to show off incredible authenticity and emotions vocally. Furthermore, this is clearly in her wheelhouse – heartbreak. Perfect fuel for the fire! The best moment is the soaring chorus, where strings accentuate the heartfelt vibes.
“‘Cause all I do / All I do is remember you / Remember you, you, you, you! / All I do / All I do is remember you / All that I’ve been through!”
There are no glaring cons to be found in regards “Remember U.” Unfortunately, the biggest con is diminished interesting in R&B within the music industry. Less airplay, less sales – the ultimate cooling. Nonetheless, this is an exceptional comeback single, and Fiona sounds stronger than ever. Well-produced, well-performed, and well-written.