Falsetto prince Gallant has been teasing bits and pieces of his soulful “Ology” album before finally dropping it today on April 6. The crooner’s debut record is chockful of those signature high-notes that speak poignant lyrics both unrelenting and intimate. Gallant’s brand of alt-R&B is a thorough crossbreed of the pulsating neo-R&B with soul traditions via D’Angelo, Prince and Maxwell. His single “Weight in Gold,” drills heavy questions of a collapsing relationship with that high-arching register that could cut diamonds.
For a lesser artist, that ability could be easily overused or under-appreciated if used to express lesser thoughts or feelings. But Gallant uses that high-point of his many gifts to underline those complexities and establish balance. To make high notes worth noting, they have to be combated. The ups-and-downs throughout this record — both emotionally and sonically — make “Ology” a stellar debut for the R&B singer, adding another X-factor in the ever-shifting world of modern R&B.