Hi hello everybody! So I’ve been following Tai Verdes since his song “Stuck in the Middle” came up on my TikTok months ago when I immediately fell in love with the extremely chill vibe of his music. Since then I haven’t been able to listen to his music and have it not put me in a significantly better mood. Tai Verdes is the guy to go to if you’re in need of some really feel good music, I guarantee it. He’s been slowly releasing singles leading up to the release of his debut album TV which I had been dying to hear! I was finally able to listen to it today as I’m writing this blog and I’m here to review this masterpiece for all of you, so let’s get into it!
We open with “rEaL WOrLD” which really surprised me with the aggressiveness of the lyrics in contrast to the chill vibe of the instrumentals in the best way possible. This song is a great example of what Tai does best - making music that speaks to your soul because it reflects the feelings of life so well. I personally love the half rap/half singing style in the verses of this song that made for even more chill vibes.
Next we have “Solamente” which immediately made me smile with the Spanish lyric which works so well among the rest of the English lyrics. Very chill vibes again with this song especially with the pitch bends on the acoustic guitar.
Next is “DRUGS” which may be my all time favorite song from Tai. I feel like this song really manages to depict why a lot of people do drugs and in a way destigmatizes it which I love. This song is extremely chill and somehow makes me feel a little bit better about the stress I (and we all) deal with and for that reason this song will be a go to of mine for a long time.
“we would have some cute kids.” is the next song which is an adorably romantic song. I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards a song this cheesy but this song is so endearing. This song has some great trumpet lines like many of Tai’s songs which in this case give a great jazzy/bluesy feel to the song.
The next song is “Stuck in the Middle” which is the song that started it all and helped Tai absolutely blow up on TikTok. It’s fantastic, there’s no doubt about that. Once again this song takes on a very real life experience that a lot of people have and makes listeners feel a lot better about it. At least I felt better about my shitty feelings about love when listening to this song. This song definitely reflects the contrast of really cheesy, romantic songs and what I would argue are more realistic songs on this on this album.
“BAD BAD News” is next which is probably the most bluesy, sad song on the album which normally isn’t my cup of tea but I actually love this one too! I love the contrast between the harder chorus and mellower verses with the gorgeous guitar parts. I love hearing Tai absolutely sing his heart out in this song too, very emotional but we love to see it.
Next up is “Something to Cry About” which is another more bluesy song but a bit more chill than “BAD BAD News” was. I feel like I had never really thought about love in this way before hearing this song but boy is it a sad point of view! I mean I guess pain can be a part of love… but I probably won’t be taking this one too much to heart as I'd like to stay a little optimistic.
“fake prophet” is next which I really really love. It definitely keeps with the chill vibe the last song reintroduced but this one does feel a little less sad to me despite the bleak message. Actually what am I saying? It’s a heartbreaking message that I feel like a lot of people experience - not believing that you're good enough for your partner and having your relationship suffer because of it. Regardless, it’s a great song that even I as someone who generally avoids sad music, love.
“i deserve 2 b alone” is the next song which is surprisingly fun given the title. I don’t even know how to describe this song - it has such an interesting vibe. It for sure feels like a song you could jam to driving in the middle of the night. It feels a little more poppy than some of the others but is very very fun.
Next is “FEELING THIS BAD NEVER FELT SO GREAT” which is another great jam because let’s be honest here, who can’t vibe with the lyrics “feeling this bad never felt so great”? A very mellow song once again but still very fun. We also get to hear more of Tai’s falsetto which is just lovely!
“Happy til it hurts” is a nice contrast to the last few chill songs by being a bit more of a heavy, bluesy song. The piano part is really gorgeous and does a good job bringing out the emotion in the lyrics.
“momma told me imma be” is the second to last song on the album and it’s adorable! It’s very innocent and sweet, capturing a different side of human emotions than the other songs on the album did.
Lastly we have “A-O-K” which feels anthemic in a good way and ends the album on a nice, high energy note. It’s nice to leave this awesome album feeling optimistic with this lovely and fun song.
After listening to this album a few times now, I really can’t recommend listening to it enough. It’s put me in such a great mood every time and made me feel just a little better about life. So go show Tai Verdes some love and check it out!