Dama Juda - What Have You Done
Updated: Jun 11
Lonely, dark, and cold are a few of the words that come to mind when I listen to this song from the Washington D.C. based artist Dama Juda. When I am reviewing music I come across many artist who are trying to convey a particular emotion or perhaps several, but most fall just short. I am happy to say that this is not the case with "What Have You Done." Dama does an excellent job of expressing deep sorrow, regret, anger, and ultimately hope, and she does so lyrically, as well as through her vocal performance, composition, and arrangement.
The song has a very profound feeling of standing against adversity. There is an almost daunting or heavy atmosphere, a feeling relatable to carrying a heavy burden on your shoulders, whilst being mere steps away from your ambitions being realized. One could easily draw a positive or negative conclusions from this song, but the emotional journey feels very authentic. In my opinion it takes a very talented artist to achieve this.
The production is very full and rich, and allows ample room for the vocals to take front and center, and the layered back up choir vocals are simply magnificent, truly, they are beautifully haunting. Not to mention the sweeping automated panning creating the effect that the choir is floating around the room. MY GOD THE VOCAL LAYERING IS BEAUTIFUL!!! The arrangement is soft and feels delicate, only to bring in big bombastic bass tones on the hook, which culminate in the sense of outrage and anger that the song also creates. The composition utilizes excellent use of dynamics, and the sonic textures always seem to perfectly accentuate the emotional affect of the song at any given time. All of the timed effects such as reverb and delay, are undeniably perfect and create such a beautiful sense of space.
"What Have You Done," by Dama Juda, is truly an achievement in songwriting, as well as in personal expression.
Rating 5 / 5
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