This summer, Sidibe had us swooning all over again with the release of her EP Saturn Return. The short-but-sweet set featured the R&B singer-songwriter in fine form as she gave us intimate romantic moments with each song. She’s been giving us even more since then, including a beautiful “stripped” version of her song “Come Home With Me.” She continues offering new, more intimate versions of the set’s tracks with an updated version of the Devin Morrison-featuring cut “Ready Enough” that she’s fittingly titled “Ready Enough (Stripped).”
The original take on “Ready Enough” hit us squarely in the ’90s feels. The song had all the hallmarks of the urban adult contemporary songs from the era, including the synths, drum machines and other touches. She sheds that aesthetic completely for this revamped version. Warm acoustic guitar provides the melody here, adding a yearning quality to the track and making this feel like a conversation between two lovers. Helping with that aspect, of course, is Devin Morrison’s expert backing vocals, which linger just after Sidibe’s like a whisper in the dark. The fact that their voices love one another is highlighted even more here, as they fit together like puzzle pieces that have finally found their match. Add to the mix an acoustic guitar solo and the two harmonizing until the song’s finish and you’ve got a quiet storm-worthy moment.
Sidibe didn’t have to give us something so lovely, but we’re sure glad she did. You will be, too, when you press play.