Opener "There's A Moment" is an urgent ode to self-determination that sets the album's vibe with a hip-swaying riddim as Sena intones, " I'm gonna make it through these hard times through the strength of my own two feet" with an aplomb only hinted at in her previous work. "Day By Day" and "Living In The New" are fine examples of Vadim's inventive production approach, and true to his aesthetic, Grow Slow fuses rockers, grime, hip-hop, futuristic dancehall and soul filtered through cabinet-rocking bass that's best exemplified at the mid-point on the bouncy "Stems N Seeds."
The slow burn of "Run Along" is drenched with ominous electronic effects but its scolding of materialistic youth comes off a bit monotonous and didactic. Luckily, the album ends on a strong note with the percolating Afro-Latin groove of "Give More Pt 2." (BBE)