Before Love Came to Kill Us+ album cover (photo:: Jessie Reyez)
Album reviews
Jessie Reyez
Before Love Came to Kill Us+
Release year:
Island Records , FMLY
12 October 2020 / by Myaah Farrell (author)

Features: Eminem, 6LACK, Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Movement: R&B, Pop, Hip hop 

Heartbreak is an emotion that most of us have had the unpleasant fortune of experiencing. Toronto born singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez relays that pain all too well in the super deluxe version of her debut studio album, Before Love Came to Kill Us+

Since the success of her 2016 debut single ‘Figures, Reyez’s first full length album has been a highly anticipated release. Featuring the bonus tracks ‘No One’s in the Room,’ Sugar at Night’ and ‘Worth Saving it's fair to say that the super deluxe of her debut is an amplified version of her break-up fueled record. 

Before Love Came to Kill Us+ is the 17-track diary of an artist who has gone through the trials and tribulations of a messy breakup. With this emotion inspiring many records, few fall short of the unfiltered depth and heartache that Reyez manages to convey. Fueled by themes of death and mortality the 29-year-old infiltrates songs with powerful devotion and an unwavering confidence. From lyrics like “Cause nobody gets out of love alive” to “You make me wanna jump off the roof/ cause I love you to death, just like a fool” she delves into grittier themes than that of her previous music. Utilizing the simplicity of a finger-picked guitar Reyez manages to build an album of anguished pop ballads without being flashy. Not everything on the album is morbid though as Reyez rounds out the record with a punch of intermittent beats and a booming bass in Roof’ and ‘Ankles’.

As Reyez incorporates different styles into the mix some less memorable pieces fall flat. ‘Dope being the flashiest, is a hollow pop piece that adds nothing of substance to the album and Love in the Dark is another ballad that seems to pale in comparison to the richness of its predecessors. Figures’, was also included as the album’s lead single despite being released over four years ago and although it’s a great companion to the album’s overall theme of romantic torment the single is recycled and unnecessary in relation to her new material. 

Nevertheless, it takes a certain kind of artist to pen the deepest depths of their despair eloquently and Jessie Reyez does just that in the span of 58 minutes and 11 seconds. Before Love Came to Kills Us+ is a heart-wrenching debut that sees its creator jump from breakout to solidified artist. If anyone questioned whether Jessie Reyez had the profundity to deliver on her first full length project, then this answered them. 


Rating: 7.5/10

Bops: Sugar at Night, Roof, Far Away II 

Flops: Dope, Love in the Dark 


The author

Myaah Farrell


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