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Brent Faiyaz releases “Larger Than Life”

Molly Waldron, junior, listens to “Larger Than Life” during school on Nov. 8.
Lara Sankari
Molly Waldron, junior, listens to “Larger Than Life” during school on Nov. 8.

Friday, Oct. 27 marked the release of Brent Faiyaz’s “Larger Than Life,” his junior album.

Christopher Brent Wood, known as Brent Faiyaz, is an American R&B singer born in Columbia, Md. His atmospheric slow jams and unique vocals name him as one of the most prominent figures in the R&B game right now. 

Faiyaz was previously in the band Sonder along with Dpat and Atu, other notable R&B vocalists. Given his previous success throughout his career, it is no wonder that “Larger Than Life” does not disappoint. 

Immediately into track one, titled “Tim’s Intro”, we see a mood setter both in lyrics and melody. The mix of violin and the 2000s beat utilized in “Tim’s Intro” set a sultry tone that remains for the rest of the tracks. 

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My personal top three favorites off the album are “Upset(feat. Tommy Richman & FELIX!)”, “Moment Of Your Life(feat. Coco Jones)” and “Tim’s Intro.” “Upset” is my top choice because it so perfectly embodies the type of music he produces. The beat is fun, his vocals are great and the production and mixing job is phenomenal. 

“Whenever I listen to [the album], or any Brent song in general, I feel a boost of confidence, and I’m in a better mood,” said Gigi Schubkegel, senior. 

Faiyaz’s “Larger Than Life” acts as an album you can throw on while cleaning, working, or commuting. 

“My favorite song is definitely ‘Outside All Night’ or ‘Pistachios,’” said Alexandra Soto, senior. “I like those two the best because they’re the type of songs you listen to while you’re out on a drive.”

“Larger Than Life” has 14 tracks and is 36 minutes and 20 seconds long. (Clara Pappas)

As well, Faiyaz utilizes simple yet effective lyrics throughout the album. None are calculated or have deeper meanings, they’re just simple and calm.

“I like that the lyrics and words flow smoothly through the songs,” said Sasha Wolff, junior. “Especially in “WY@” instead of sounding choppy and harsh his lyrics match the beats of the song perfectly as he recites them.” 

Overall, my final rating is an 8/10. The album has a cohesive and consistent sound throughout. The lyrics are simple with interesting production, which is what I expect from Faiyaz. It wasn’t revolutionary or completely one of a kind, but it is what it needed to be, a feel good album with angelic vocals and catchy lyrics. 

“Larger Than Life” is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Lara Sankari
Lara Sankari, Writer
Lara Sankari, junior, is so happy to be a new member of the Devils' Advocate online magazine staff! Lara has had a passion for writing and literature for years and looks forward to putting that passion to use this year. In her free time, Lara loves to spend time with friends, volunteer at the local humane society, read and listening to all types of music! You can contact Lara at [email protected].org.
Clara Pappas
Clara Pappas, Editor-in-Chief
Clara Pappas, senior, is excited to return to Devils’ Advocate as Editor-in-Chief this year. At school, she is a member of Radio Club and Link Crew. She enjoys watching the White Sox, listening to music and going to concerts with her friends. Her favorite music artists are Mitski and Johnny Cash. You can find her at [email protected].

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