I’m obsessed with Reneé Rapp.
Her lyricism is piercing and vulnerable, her melodies original and captivating and, on top of it all, I believe that she is the greatest vocalist of our generation— she is a vocal powerhouse with the potential to be as great as icons like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Yet when I mention her to others, I’m met with one of two responses – “I love her” or “I’ve never heard of her.”
Three months have passed since the 23-year-old Charlotte native released her debut album, “Snow Angel.” Since its release in August, the album has become this year's biggest solo debut album for a female pop artist.
On Friday, Rapp released a deluxe version of the album featuring three new tracks and a remix of her song “Tummy Hurts.” Somehow,the deluxe version of “Snow Angel” managed to improve upon what I already considered to be one of the best albums of 2023.
The first of the new tracks, “Messy,” explores Rapp's tendency to overthink when she is in a relationship. The song has a lot in common with the album’s opening track, “Talk Too Much." Both songs depict Rapp self-sabotaging and driving her partners away.
“Messy” features what I consider to be one of the trademarks of Rapp’s music: unhinged lyrics.
“Half of all my exes regret me / but none of them will ever forget me,” she sings.
Rapp's trend of unhinged lyrics also appears on “Tummy Hurts,” which she remixed for the deluxe album to feature Coco Jones.