Riff: August Greene – “Optimistic”

Mar 12, 2018

Living it for the infinite, intuit of the intimate/Influenced by the sentiment, sent to it to win in it/Surrendered it to the sky, sent to them my eye/Stay positive

from Optimistic lyrics by August Greene

An easy-to-digest effort that is both safe and predictable. It’s a feel-good moment that has the trio inviting a former pop songstress back into the spotlight. Brandy adds a nostalgic element that speaks to mid-90s r&b, and her presence inspires Common to write from the heart. Optimism is key, and together they’re encouraging all those who’ll listen to stay positive.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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