Drawing from the deep and refined wells of Contemporary R&B to deliver an experience both perpetually familiar and utterly original – combining dreamy harmonic instruments with emotionally charged vocal inflections to drive home the beautiful and heartfelt lyrical onslaught of the tune, “Handouts” is Jessica Jimenez; the first of that name hailing from the great and historical city of Denver, Colorado where she is a household name with her stupendous songs preceding her. One of the major highlights of her staggering musical career was getting her certified song, “That’s Her” played on Colorado’s own Hot 107.1 in the year 2007. She averages over 30, 600 monthly Spotify listeners and this phenomenal track has already amassed over 203 K streams in the short time it has been in existence. And this is not surprising at all as it has been made with love and skillful attention from its smoothly arranged format to the lavish instrumental integration and the lyrical and emotional depth that back the sound intermittently.
The synthetic harmonic percussion sits just right with the beginning of the track immediately taking a listener into a hallowed space and grounds their assumption for the melody in the realm of contemporary R&B. Jessica Jimenez wide vocal range imbue the track with a decidedly more blue-oriented feel and takes even compelling color and depth with the addition of her stretched vocal chords for the chorus. Soulful and rhythmic instruments blend in pure fashion to paint the vocal melody captivatingly creating an indescribably feeling and a cathartic-like relief as the song progresses even preparing the listener for its relaxed and gentle ending that is influenced by her much reduced and whispery vocality that almost feels like an echo loosing itself deep and deep in the background before finally coming to a dramatic stop and leaving a listener satisfied yet begging for more.
What makes this track a genuinely original art piece is the way that each instrument has been blended taking its part perfectly in building the melody of the sound giving out harmonic progression with a decorated flair throughout the life of this song. Overall, this is a monumental piece of R&B in lyricism and performance, with an artistically transcendental lead and sultry vocal expression to guide it home. In her repertoire of discography there is always something for everyone. You don’t believe me? Go check her out, try her!
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