Published Jan 27, 2020To date, the musical output of Staasia Daniels has been around love — the nature of it, the need for it, the lack of it. What's the difference between liking someone and just feeling comfortable? This surprise eight-track project by the Toronto singer-songwriter builds off previous output — 2018's Mood Roulette and 2019's Whatever Happens, Happens — and reveals emotional and musical growth.
"I need to get time / To get shit off my mind / And that shit is you" go the raw, yet relatable lyrics in "Puddin." A number like the breathy "Vulnerable," "Love Feels Like" sounds like what emotional and relationship stasis feels like. "In the Worst Way" coolly breaks down the downside of love reciprocated unevenly: "I didn't want to fall in love... I wanted to rise in it."
Truthfully, Unheard Volumes offers nothing that we haven't heard already from this talented and underrated artist. That doesn't mean it's not worth your time — love is something that deserves scrutiny. Daniels' latest is a statement of musical consistency in theme and intent. (Independent)