Divide and Conquer Full Album Review - Mercury Rising

Joan Mercury

Mercury Rising
self-released; 2018

3.7 out of 5

By Jamie Funk

Joan Mercury is a pop/R&B adult contemporary recording artist based out of New York City. She got her start in 2015 and recently released Mercury Rising. The songs are certified pop and Mercury has all the right elements to feel competitive with top tier artists. I also felt there was a bit of a flashback to earlier days of pop not too far away from Janet Jackson.

The album hits you with “Never Enough” as the opening track. It was nice to hear so many organic elements such as guitar and organ. That being said the huge drum sound made the song sound like a modern pop song. The hooks are there throughout.

“Proceed With Caution” is a soulful jam with a clear ’90s flavor. It made me a little nostalgic. “Purpose” is a reflective jam that is both melancholy and motivational. “Distractions” is a little funky in an electronic way while “Over It” is all about moving on. “I Release” is a highlight. It’s an extremely slick sounding track and reminded me of TLC.

“Out of View” is another slow moving R&B inspired jam. It's very chill and relaxing. The party gets going with the crisp and clean “Karmic Energy.” Mercury has more success with “I’ll Take My Chances” and the closing motivation song “Bitch Back.”

This album is really well done from beginning to end. All the songs have an undeniable seamless quality. I never felt I wanted to skip a track or was taken back by a song that didn’t fit the general mood. If you are interested in a pop album that has a lot of ‘90’s roots I think this is a solid choice. Take a listen.

Joan Cea