Elle Varner’s ‘Refill’ left me feeling slightly empty

elle varnerElle Varner has everybody talking about getting a “Refill”. She’s got the hair, she’s got the style, she’s got the distinctive voice … she’s got the swag.

Just so we’re all on the same page, Elle Varner is an American R&B singer, a J Records signee, and the first artist highlighted under BET’s Music Matters campaign in 2010.¬†And she has come a long way since then. Her second single, “Refill”, was released in January of 2012 and peaked at #10 on the Billboard R&B chart. Fueled by the single’s success, her debut album Perfectly Imperfect has hit #4 on Billboard. Any critique aside, she is a success story.

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Honestly, I just didn’t (and still do not) get the appeal of the single. The tones she hits on the chorus are not pleasing to my ears. The song has a cool vibe, but it comes across as “meh”. However, I am feeling her newest single “I Don’t Care” (linked below). I think she keeps her instrument a little bit more under control, while still allowing it to soar. And you can definitely feel the passion.

But I don’t consider my opinion to be gospel. What say you Water Cooler Community?

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.