Waking at Dawn

Reviewing the Roy Woods’ sophomore album.


I didn’t think it would be possible, but Roy Woods actually managed to create a better project than his incredible EP, Exis.

If I’m going to be honest, Woods is my favorite artist in the game right now. So, naturally, I am in love with his debut album, Waking at Dawn.

Waking at Dawn is the epitome of what Toronto music prides itself on; smooth transitions, murky beats, flawless blending, and, most importantly, metaphorical, realistic lyrics.

Upon first listen, I immediately had a few favorites.

“Sonic Boom” is easily the most Toronto-like song on the album. It perfectly balances Woods’ lustful singing with the recognizable, murky beats that we all love so much.

However, “You Love It” is generally the favorite upon first listen. Woods skewed away from his traditional style and completely spit his first verse before returning back to the nighttime Toronto sound. Yet, he absolutely killed it.

When in is all said and done, Waking at Dawn will be a timeless classic, though it will not get any recognition.

Nevertheless, Drake’s OVO label has an incredibly bright future with the young stars in Roy Woods, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Majid Jordan.

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