Joji’s Nectar is not another ‘Slow Dancing in the Dark’


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On Sept. 25, Joji released his highly-anticipated album Nectar, three months after its expected release date.

Three months after its expected release, Joji’s Nectar was finally released Sept. 25. As every article reviewing Joji’s work will tell you, Joji – otherwise known as George Miller – used to have a YouTube channel called TVFilthyFrank. This channel revolved around Miller’s controversial internet personalities Pink Guy and Filthy Frank who poked fun at issues via satire.

In recent years, Miller removed himself from his former personalities and instead wholeheartedly delved into the music industry. Formerly on his YouTube channel, Pink Guy released PINK SEASON – an album that was a reflection of the channel’s edgy content. However, Joji’s debut EP In Tongues was his serious attempt at producing music.

Now, Joji’s sophomore studio album Nectar adopts similar themes and tones throughout its 18 songs like its predecessor BALLADS 1. Yet, Nectar also uses synth-pop sounds, for instance, that make it distinctly different from the melancholic BALLADS 1. In some ways, this creative choice either pays off or falls flat.

BALLADS 1 may have charted number three on the Billboard Top 200, but its one song “Slow Dancing in the Dark” outshines the whole album. Fortunately for Nectar, its songs are so diverse and promising that no one song outshines the other. 

“Ew” and “Like You Do” both use solemn piano arpeggios that are reminiscent of BALLADS 1’s “Slow Dancing in the Dark.” This familiar sound is what makes these two songs fan-favorites.

“Daylight” and “Gimme Love” incorporate electro-pop synths that give them an upbeat sound despite their disheartening lyrics. “Your Man” also uses these pop synths as well as those familiar piano arpeggios.

“Run” showcases Joji’s improved vocals since BALLADS 1. His vocal range has been cultivated, as evident by his high notes.

“Run” as well as “Sanctuary” adopt Joji’s signature R&B sounds and hazy synths.

“777” and “NITROUS” introduce pulse beats to Nectar that are missing from Joji’s prior work. This experimental decision reflects his growth as an artist.

Despite using familiar elements from BALLADS 1, Nectar also showcases Joji’s growth and talent which makes the album different from its predecessors. Nectar is both refreshing and nostalgic, making the album worth listening to.