Stitch Reviews: Three Little Words
Album Title: Three Little Words
Artist: Dominique Fils-Aimé
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Record Label(s): Ensoul Records
Dominique Fils-Aimé has a voice and a half on her. In her latest release, the 14-track album Three Little Words, the Canadian singer showcases her stunning voice to full effect by taking a run at soul music. The first song on the track, “Grow Mama Grow”, is a swingy-jazzy tune with a catchy chorus that’s basically the title repeated on end – which is why it’s so easy to get it stuck in your head. While song will make you want to move and her glorious vocal runs halfway through the song inspire envy, the ending comes out of nowhere and might feel a little jarring because it’s so different from the rest of the song.
Then, with “While We Wait” and “You Left Me”, Fils-Aimé dabbles in doo-wop. Both of these songs hold major nostalgia, but their subjects couldn’t be more different. “While You Wait” is hopeful and almost romantic while “You Left Me” is clearly post-breakup. For me, they’re both great songs that allow Fils-Aimé to stun with easy mastery of the genre!
I could listen to “Could It Be” on repeat for ages. A slinky tune with a basis in blues-rock, this track sees Fils-Aimé crooning about taking back her power and energy from an emotional vampire of a partner. It is incredibly satisfying to hear the confidence in her voice as she essentially cuts the song’s subject off for good. Following that is the simple and quiet “Being The Same”. “Mind Made Up” is next on the album and it’s an R&B track that puts me in mind of India.Arie and calls back to Fils-Aimé’s “You Left Me” as another song about the end of a relationship.
“Fall and All” is haunting. Fils-Aimé’s voice backed by a disquieting piano-backed tune that inspires thoughts of angels falling from the sky. While I don’t love the “building empires” track that “Love Take Over” takes on, the song is an empowering anthem that wouldn’t be out of place in the soundtrack of an ultra-feminist action film. Next is “Tall Lion Down”, the shortest song on the album, a brief and beautiful interlude.
Fils-Aimé’s title track “Three Little Words” is heavy on the drums. Her vocalizations across the song are captivating and siren-like in quality. After that is the penitent “Home To Me” as Fils-Aimé questions herself and her (potentially bad) choices. It’s a self-check that soothes the soul. Then, in “We Are Light” she returns to the earnest hope that marks many of the songs across the album, ultimately urging the listener to “give it all you got”. “The Healing Song” is literally what it says on the label: just over two minutes of gentle and positive promises of healing to soothe the weary listener. Finally, with “Stand By Me” Fils-Aimé covers an iconic soul song from the 60s. Her version is thrilling and a total joy to the ears.
Three Little Words is my first taste of Dominque Fils-Aimé’s gorgeous voice and her incredible grasp of lyricism. It won’t be my last.
I recommend this album if: you enjoy and crave good vibes, strong vocals, and hopeful messaging.