This week, I listened to five albums:
1. Ariana Grande - My Everything (Target Deluxe)
I really liked her first album Yours Truly because it brought back a lot of old R&B elements that I really like. This album is a totally different project. I wouldn’t say I dislike this one, but I definitely prefer her first project.
But I like the sound of pop (which is what this album leans towards), so I do like a lot of the songs on this album because of their jam-worthy soundz. I am disappointed in Childish Gambino’s verse on “Break Your Heart Right Back.” I am really impressed with Jessie J’s performance on “Bang Bang.”
I tried to listen to this album as if there was a progression and a storyline…but after track 9 (of 17), it was a stretch. This album is just a compilation of songs with an emphasis on relationships typical of R&B. The recycled subjects got boring, but I do like how this album sounds. I only listened to this album once to understand it.
2. Kendrick Lamar - Overly Dedicated
This album was great. A lot of the album was painfully honest and really relatable. Kendrick delivered everything skillfully and with strong lyricism. The last 2 songs are extremely impressive. Basically, going 2 albums into the past didn’t make it obvious how he’s improved in the past 4 years. He’s been making great music for a while now. I listened to this album 3 times.
3. Daft Punk - Discovery
The first four tracks were pretty interesting. I really liked “Aerodynamic” and “Harder Better Faster Stronger.” Tracks 5 through 14 were very boring and pointlessly repetitive. I was very disappointed in the songs after the first 4, especially since I’ve heard so many great things about this album and how it’s supposedly the best album Daft Punk has ever created.
But I do understand that, at the time of its release, Discovery was a huge deal and might’ve affected electronic music in ways that I totally don’t understand. It’s just that, when I listen to it now in 2014, I find it mostly unbearable to listen to and extremely uninteresting. I listened to this album once.
Edit: But honestly, this album is great vibe music. Great music to listen to in the background.
4. John Givez - Four Seasons
This album was incredible! John Givez delivers a bunch of powerful lyricism, and he does it all in a way that sounds great. I used to not really prefer this kind of sound, but I’ve grown to like it. The features on this album all seem to fit really well, and the artists don’t disappoint. John Givez also sings a lot on this album, and (unlike some rappers) his singing doesn’t ruin the project. It really adds to it. I listened to this album like… at least 5 times just because I enjoyed it so much.
5. Outkast - Stankonia
I am actually really unfamiliar with Outkast. So I decided to listen to one of their albums for the first time this past week. Firstly, this album is very long (24 songs), but it didn’t feel as long as it is. I can tell why they were so huge and why so many of these songs were hits. The only thing that bothered me on a lot of these songs is how one of the two rapped. I’m not familiar enough yet with Andre or Big Boi’s voices to say which one it was. Otherwise, the project was well done. I listened to this once.
This week, I think I’ll listen to albums from Taylor Swift and Ab-Soul, among others.