Review: Azealia Banks – Icy Colors Change

Icy Colors Change is the first Christmas holiday project from Manhattan/Bronx pop star and rapper Azealia Banks. The EP was released on December 20, 2018 by eOne Music as a digital EP. The recording process for this EP lasted from December 2017 to December 2018. Azealia Banks gives the holidays a breath of fresh air by releasing this digital EP with a few Christmas related songs.

Azealia Banks plans to release all of the songs included on the EP to her upcoming Christmas album later in December 2019. All songs are expected to be fully mixed and mastered on vinyl next Christmas. For now, Azlealia states her Christmas album as a “work in progress as a part of a full holiday project”.

Icy Colors Change was released in December 26, 2017 as a digital single. This song of hers was included on her Christmas holiday EP due to the widespread coverage of the title track itself. She wrote this song to spread holiday joy. This song is an original Christmas song written by her. Icy Colors Change samples Lone – Airglow Fires. This song is appropriate for the happy holidays.

Icy Colors Change is where Azealia Banks sings and raps about a relationship forming over the holidays.
The song begins off slowly as Azealia sings, “I see colors changing/Every holiday is amazing with you/Happy holidays to you, baby.” A minute into the track is where Azealia starts rapping. This is where the energy builds.
“This that flow you been missing/Dashing young Vixen/Fly like Blitzen, back on my business/Ice on my neck, frosty and vicious/What’s on your wish list?”

The changing of seasons is represented through the changing of colors which is inevitable. This is exactly how the changes followed Azealia’s love throughout the whole year.

The changing of seasons is represented through the changing of colors that’s inseparable, and how it followed. She also does a play on words with the homophone of “icy” and “I see”. This is hinted in the first line during the intro.: “I see colors changing/Every holiday is amazing with you/Happy holidays to you, baby.” When the leaves fall, icy colors change.

Azelia wants to spend the winter holidays together with her lover because they’re so in love. She and the lover grew close during the quick passage of time through 3 seasons.

She anticipates the first fresh blade of green and young blue hydrangea all alone. Pink rhododendrons will all be gone by June. But now that we have grown so near beneath the August sun. She says to the lover of hers, “let’s catch some shade beneath the fading trees/Of all the seasons jewels, it took/One autumn afternoon to fall in love with you” She asks, “How do you feel about the pale moon and stars above?”

When Azealia sings “I whip that Benz like “what a slay” ” she treats and refers to her butter beige Mercedes Benz as if it where the slay you would see Santa Claus use or children play on.

Azealia compares picking out the Christmas tree to picking weed in Amsterdam when singing “We pick out the tree like Amsterdam, damn” Amsterdam is infamously known for its laid back weed policies and weed cafes.

Azealia gets fly like Blitzen as she shows off how cool her style is. She gets busy like the reindeer who soar on Christmas Eve. Her attractive flair is evident in her sense of fashion as Azealia herself is a beautiful, feisty woman. She, herself, is a young vixen with an attractive flair. This is evident at the end of the second verse. Read a portion of the lyrics below.:

Got what you want, my love is like Christmas
Candles, kisses, diamonds, frigid, fashion district
Sip this witches brew, first class ticket to you
Fantasies come true when I kick it with you
In the winter wonderland when you hold my hand
Came back on the block where the guns go blam

Her lover is the same old sweet person she knows. She sees her lover through her rosy colored shades. Azealia needs love.

The third verse is where her and the lover get naughty at a party. You could feel it in the air if you were there. This is indicated when she raps “See lights in the night/Party over here, we getting naughty over here” They kiss each other on the lips under a mistletoe. Now they are in love and are constantly hitting each other on their cellphones.

They are at home during the outro. What sort of déjà vu’s lays upon them? Wood blocks of A-B-C strewn through the hall and gold champagne for two adorers. Red garland drapes the tree.

She knows their love will grow farther. This is referenced when she sings, “Our love will grow and take us farther” and “Now I’ve a reverie of you and/You’re a ray, a view of sun/A star ablaze the moonlit water” Their love will grow farther instead of further.

Azealia feels the soul connection of true love when she sings “When your arms are ’round my waist, I feel the world” and “A song to celebrate our love.” She knows the love is true love.

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? is a rendition of Ella Fitzgerald – What Are You Doing New Years Eve?. This song was most famously performed by Ella Fitzgerald.

Azealia wonders what will when the bells all ring and the horns all blow. This is evident when she sings, “Will I be with you or will I be among the missing?” She is aware of the couples she knows are fondly kissing. Maybe it’s much too early in the game. She asks her lover, “What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?”

She wonders whose arms will hold her lover good and tight when it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night. Maybe she’s crazy to suppose she would ever be the one you chose out of the thousand invitations you received.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is a cover of Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas originally performed the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis.

Sleigh Bells (Indie Rock Demo) is the bonus song to her Christmas holiday EP. It was only released in digital format. A touch of indie rock used on this Christmas song. The song can be described as a distorted, lo-fi indie punk rock cover of Sleigh Bells. Just hear those sleigh bells. Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up!

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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