Instrumental: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 5/5: Raphael Saadiq is a master musician. If he didn’t produce every element of this track, he definitely oversaw the production. It’s a GROOVE!
Engineering (Mixing Matters!): 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 5/5: Perfect.
Lyrical Content: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 5/5: This song is a poetic tale of introspection and self doubt, which is distinct amongst all creatives. But then there is a small sliver of hope that leads into the hook. It’s beautiful.
Flow: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 5/5: Raphael employs a syrupy flow that punctuates with a “Not Tonight” refrain. It works very well over the instrumental.
Perform-ability (Will an audience engage with this song?): 🔥🔥🔥🔥 4/5: There are several elements in the song that the audience can participate with, including the “Not Tonight” bookends and the epic “Something Keeps Calllllling…Meee!”. The crowd will be screaming those parts of the song back to Raphael on stage.
Overall?: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 4.8 / 5: Raphael Saadiq has been doing this too long not to make bangers. This song is just another feather in his hat. Critics say that his latest project, “Jimmy Lee” may be an album of the year contender.