Part 1: He’s Not Mine

The start of the album feels hazy and weed-induced. Etta Bond talks about how her sex life is drug infused, somewhat platonic. "In that moment you are mine/ Leaving all my cares behind/ He's no longer on my mind." The kind of actions you would find from someone getting over a breakup or heartbreak.

‘Let Me Hit It’ is the standout track from the first part of He’s Not Mine, her voice is soulfully smooth as she shows signs of lust with her partner, with a catchy hook bounces from deep to high. “How many times have you pictured me naked/ Because I call you friend but know that I’m fakin.” She also allows herself to be more vulnerable with the person.

The super-talented Kojey Radical features for 'One Way Down', Etta only brings in a slow and soulful opening and ending chorus, letting Kojey do his own thing in the middle. With the ever-changing flow switching between rap and harmony effortlessly, this sound brings forward the rapper’s personality, cocky and fun. Throughout, Etta makes her feelings more known towards the guy; uneasy as to whether taking more risks and delving deeper into the relationship will leave her broken. In hindsight, sometimes not knowing whether to jump in could mean your gut feeling is saying no.

The last track 'Let Me Down' continues with the floaty and melodic tone, the lyrics show the growth Etta has progressed since the start "Do I change my number?/ Should I move again?/ I don't wanna be your lover/ Damn sure ain't my friend". Time to move on.

Part 2: He’s Mine

Even before starting Part 2 of the double album, there’s a change in the artwork. The first is Etta sitting in her room, messy, almost looking like a Tracy Emmet art piece. There’s a man in her bed, she’s looking at him but not with affection. The second artwork is her in the same room, but its looking clean and she’s with a different partner, they both look comfortable together.

From the first track, there's subtle changes in the sound of Etta’s music, it feels like there's more emotion in her voice, still vulnerable yet the tone is lighter. On the track ‘Surface’ Etta brings her relaxed flow, balancing on that line between rapping and singing. ‘Surface’ looks at the male and female perspective of getting to know someone further, breaking down the barriers. ‘A2’ brings a male side, talking of a relationship with a long-term lover - both voices and approaches complement each other.

Another example of the more fun and light tone on He’s Mine is with the track 'Shorny'; she's loved up, the track is intimate and has that passionate feel with some tongue-in-cheek bedroom talk. By the end of the record, the tracks feel more bass-heavy, including ‘More Than a Lover’ featuring SiR.

This two-part album shows the dark to the light, the ups, downs and most importantly, the reality that entails most relationships. There’s always growth and lessons learnt. Although the album can fall flat at times, there’s memorable parts. The concept of the double-album works well, if listeners can’t currently relate to one part, they probably can with the other.

Etta may take big breaks from music as it can take a lot of energy out of her, but maybe other artists should learn from this. In this industry, it feels that everyone ‘burns out’ or exhausts themselves; it’s easier to respect an artist who better knows themselves and their boundaries.