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Single Review: Jorja Roe - ‘Love Should Hurt’

 by Abbie Howell

jorja roe storms onto the music scene with the release of the singer’s first single, ‘Love Should Hurt’. With heart-breaking lyrics and a haunting melody, this London-based artist has ensured that her song will certainly find its way onto your playlists upon its release.

‘Love Should Hurt’ is the perfect song for any occasion; whether that be a walk surrounded by crisp autumn leaves or curled up with your favourite book while the rain pours down. Available on Spotify on October 7th, roe’s song writing talents create a relaxing soundtrack to carry you through every cozy situation through the upcoming Autumn and Winter months.

roe’s vocals are a stunning blend of smooth sounds, rich, honey-like tones, and lyrics that echo a feeling of heartbreak which every listener can, some way or another, relate to. With masterful lyrics that evoke the likes of Lizzy McAlpine and Lucy Dacus, roe’s story-telling skills and musical gift are the perfect pairing!

Each line of the song is incredibly strong, however just before the 2 minute mark of the song, roe’s standout lyricism results in a line that will no doubt pull at your heartstrings:

‘Set me on fire / We’re a starry night sky / I’m drowning in the blue…’

By pairing these lyrics with the song’s haunting melody, roe has ensured that ‘Love Should Hurt’ listeners are in for a real treat. Starting slow and stripped back, roe’s low vocals blend beautifully with a subtle guitar melody to gently lure the listener into the song. As the piano begins to float in to join the chorus, the song establishes a dreamy quality. We’re taken on a journey through the very stars which roe sings about, all through the skilled placement of a waterfall of beautiful piano melodies.

‘Love Should Hurt’ comes to a stunning crescendo during the last chorus, with roe’s falsetto vocals cementing themselves in a powerful and haunting way through the enchanting chorus.

Evoking strong emotions in listeners can be hard to do, but roe massively achieves this goal with a masterful musical understanding and the professionalism of a well-established artist. jorja roe is an artist everyone should be keeping an eye on from now on, and we at Darling eagerly await future projects from this rising talent!

Be sure to follow @jorjaeroe on Instagram to stay up-to-date with this incredible artist, and all her future announcements and releases.

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