Love makes the world go round, builds it up, and tears it apart. It exercises absolute control over our lives while empowering us to mend and make use of it. But will we ever truly understand this crazy thing? Mick Jenkins tries on his debut album The Healing Component, which is a meditation about love.

The gospel of Mick Jenkins is comprised of elements he has unveiled throughout his body of work. Water (The Water[s], Wave[s]) represents the truth, as he reminds us in 'Daniel’s Bloom' - "drink the truth / spit the truth / that's that smart water". On The Healing Component, he introduces us to a new element on the album's opening track: love. But it's not necessarily the romantic type of love, as he explains in conversations sprinkled throughout the project as interludes. A love that is layered, complicated, and shared with all, with a significant other, only to be turned inwardly and kept for oneself. Love that is something, but most importantly, Love that simply is. Love.

Jenkins brings us into his mindset by making us question our understanding of the healing component. In 'Drowning', he puts a lens over Kanye's "when the real hold you down / you supposed to drown" simply by adding a few words: "right? / Wait… / that don’t sound right..." Love and truth can at times be connected, but can too much of both overwhelm you? Should it?

In 'Strange Love', he shows that growth - whether it has separated him from friends, or helped him face the world as a Black man - has affected the love he has to give. "How can a black man not be confused by this?" he asks, proving that the world we currently live in can confuse - or even corrupt - the healing component. Mick eventually turns tables around and examines love from an inner perspective. 'Angles' featuring Noname and Xavier Omar is a declaration that self love is the ultimate key to growth.

Mick Jenkins' projects slowly, progressively, and logically unpack the philosophy around which his life is built - that truth and love should have absolute supremacy over our lives, and can potentially change them. The Healing Component is the last sentence of a book that forces you to read the first one again. This enchanting loop in his discography are both this album's greatest strength and weakness.

To a new audience, the 15-track debut might be slightly elusive, especially for those who aren't aware of the significance of water (truth) in Mick's message. Mentions of water and love, which are central to the album's theme, aren't as subtly laid out as in The Wat[e]rs, his most impressive body of work to date. In The Healing Component, he steps away from painting vivid pictures into which he injects his philosophy, and raps more about the philosophy itself, making for a less poignant and "instantly-relatable" project.

Individually, many of his tracks are great. But the album itself can feel like a concept that has been too thought out. Despite this, Mick's message is what still makes The Healing Component worth a listen - that love is an absolute truth, and that if we are willing to listen to it closely, we can change our lives for the better.