Canadian R&B duo Majid Jordan return a year and a half after the release of their debut album sounding better than ever. The Space Between gives listeners a full range of experiences from the perspective of the OVO label artists.
The album contains the familiar formula of Jordan Ullman's well-crafted drums and piano keys that accompany Majid Al Maskati's smooth voice, but they venture in to new sounds, too. On "Not Ashamed," for example, listeners are greeted by a distorted voice that eventually moves into the shadows as Al Maskati's takes over; the punchy drums and controlled distortion contrast well against the singing. Lyrically, there are the typical lovelorn tropes, but Al Maskati also goes deeper than ever here, outlining his personal journey coming from Bahrain to pursue a musical career and detailing a near-breakdown on "Phases," singing, "Almost quit on myself, lost my mind at 2AM / Have nobody to turn to, had to call on all my strengths."
The Space Between is enjoyable and interesting. Majid Jordan haven't strayed too far from their typical formula, but keep things interesting for their fans with introspective lyrics and new sounds. As they progress further in their career, it would be interesting to see them continue to challenge themselves by delving in to deeper lyrics and even more creative instrumentals. (OVO Sound)