Roc Nation songbird Bridget Kelly hasn’t exactly had the easiest time trying to launch her solo career — “Thinking About Forever,” her Frank Ocean-penned would-be-single, ended up actually being a breakthrough hit for Ocean himself after his original take became too good to escape. Fortunately for Kelly, her luck seems to be turning around.
“Special Delivery,” her second attempt at a first single, is a tender, charming record that makes for a more comfortable fit. Together with its accompanying video, the whole thing has a strong early-2000s vibe to it. In a weird way, by eschewing the more ambitious urges of contemporary R&B, “Special Delivery” ends up fashioning its own little space amidst a sea of genre fusion and sonic experimentation.