Review – Ralph

Album: A Good Girl
Release date: September 28, 2018
Genre: Pop

Toronto pop artist Ralph drops her debut album today, September 28th. If the name sounds familiar, you’re probably one of her 15 million Spotify listeners, and have danced to her previous songs “Cold to the Touch” and “Tease.” A Good Girl brings more of Ralph’s pop sound, in 10 smooth and danceable tracks.

The album opens with “For Yourself,” a self-esteem boost anthem that finds a middle-ground, being equal parts relaxed and catchy. The instrumentation feels like a disco-pop song, and Ralph’s smooth and effortless vocal glides perfectly through it, with lyrics like “you don’t need praises to lift you up higher/you know how to light your own fire.”

The next track “Long Distance Lover” is a song about wanting a relationship with someone far away. It’s filled with tight chorus harmonies, as Ralph tries to convince her long-distance lover “I’m sick of talking just/get in my radius.” This song is a total bop, that sounds like it could have come from a 90s girl group.

Track three “Gimme” remains as disco-esque as the first two tracks, complete with lyrics about wanting to live a high-class lifestyle. This song has major Meghan Trainor vibes.

Track four “Tables Have Turned” is one of the coolest on the album in my opinion. The vocal rhythm in the verses is clever and unexpected. The vocoder harmonies in the chorus combined with the technological instrumental make this a possible hit for her.

Track eight “Dark Clouds” is another favourite for me, with the sweet lyric “all of the poison in your body/I’ll always be your antidote.”

“Girl Next Door” ft. TOBi is a song about Ralph staying humble and relatable no matter what other factors change in her life around her. She sings “change is gonna come/I know it/We know it/But you better believe I’m still the girl next door.”

A Good Girl ends with “Cereal” ft. Milk & Bone. It’s a break-up song, and Milk & Bone’s vocals blend beautifully with Ralphs, wrapping up the album nicely.

Ralph on tour: 
Sept 29th – Fall for Kingston Festival – Kingston, Canada
Oct 10th – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA, United States
Oct 12th – The Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles, CA, United States
Oct 15th – The Old Blue Last – Greater London, United Kingdom
Oct 30th – Babys All Right – Brooklyn, NY, United States
Nov 8th – The 27 Club – Ottawa, Canada
Nov 9th – Rum Runners – London, Canada
Nov 10th – Warehouse Concert Hall – St. Catharines, Canada
Nov 13th – Mod Club Theatre – Toronto, Canada
Nov 15th – Red Dog Tavern – Peterborough, Canada
Nov 16th – The Studio – Hamilton, Canada
Nov 17th – Maxwell’s Concerts and Events – Waterloo, Canada
Nov 20th – The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, Canada
Nov 21st – Louis’ Pub – Saskatoon, Canada
Nov 22nd – The Starlite Room – Edmonton, Canada
Nov 23rd – Communitea Cafe – Canmore, Canada
Nov 24th – Commonwealth Bar & Stage – Calgary, Canada
Nov 27th – The Blue Grotto – Kamloops, Canada
Nov 29th – Capital Ballroom – Victoria, Canada
Nov 30th – Tidemark Theatre – Campbell River, Canada
Dec 1st – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, Canada
Dec 12th – L’ANTI Bar & Spectacles – Quebec, Canada
Dec 13th – Cafe Campus – Montreal, Canada
Dec 15th – The Mansion – Kingston, Canada

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