Alexandria’s Latest Batch of Bright R&B Exults in the Joys of New Love

When the Los Angeles soul singer Alexandria released her 2014 Rebirth, it was clear from the get-go that something was amiss: “My ex told me I was finished,” she sang on “I Am Gold,” the album’s opening track. “It’s just beginning/ and I’m once again that bitch.” The song struck a tone of wounded defiance, kicking off an album shot through with vulnerability, trauma, and loss. Six years later, Alexandria is in a very different place. For one thing, she’s in love, and that experience has shaped her new album Journey. The album marks a shift away from the no-more-drama tracks of Rebirth, with hooky pop numbers like “Off Guard” and ballads such as “If You Want To” signaling a hopeful new direction…

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