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Re: The 2017 new music thread

Postby algroth » 15 Apr 2017, 15:09

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Haven't listened to this yet, but the singles have me pretty intrigued (that is a dismal album cover though).

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Re: The 2017 new music thread

Postby Oscar52 » 15 Apr 2017, 21:30

joels344 wrote:
Tactful Cactus wrote:
Oscar52 wrote:Ken Duckworth - Damn.


What do you think? I like it on first listen, less of the jazz epic of TPaB but that would have been a tall order after only one year. Its very very good though.


Note, this is based solely off my initial listen. I plan on doing another listen today, because multiple listens allow you to see the album in a different light.

I found it disappointing with very few memorable aspects about the album. Which is unfortunate after being impressed by the emotion of good kid, m.A.A.d city and being absolutely blown away by ambition of To Pimp a Butterfly. I also loved the jazz-oriented compilation album, untitled unmastered. With this in mind, I was greatly looking forward to this album. However, I found the majority of tracks to be rather average, West Coast hip-hop that lacked the diverse themes and ideas I had admired Kendrick Lamar for in the past. It's not to say the album is 'terrible' or anything. It's just mediocre at best and will sadly be a forgettable Kendrick release. DAMN. is one of those albums I would only listen to certain tracks while skipping others, but never the project as a whole when there are far superior releases to select from.

Initial rating: 2.5/5.


I do need to give this a proper airing... but it doesn't seem to be knocking me off my feet with the somewhat staggered attempts I've had so far. good kid, m.A.A.d city and To Pimp a Butterfly were quick hits and demanded attention whereas this one... I like... but I think I may be supressing disappointment.

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Re: The 2017 new music thread

Postby Tactful Cactus » 15 Apr 2017, 23:17

Oscar52 wrote:
joels344 wrote:
Tactful Cactus wrote:
What do you think? I like it on first listen, less of the jazz epic of TPaB but that would have been a tall order after only one year. Its very very good though.


Note, this is based solely off my initial listen. I plan on doing another listen today, because multiple listens allow you to see the album in a different light.

I found it disappointing with very few memorable aspects about the album. Which is unfortunate after being impressed by the emotion of good kid, m.A.A.d city and being absolutely blown away by ambition of To Pimp a Butterfly. I also loved the jazz-oriented compilation album, untitled unmastered. With this in mind, I was greatly looking forward to this album. However, I found the majority of tracks to be rather average, West Coast hip-hop that lacked the diverse themes and ideas I had admired Kendrick Lamar for in the past. It's not to say the album is 'terrible' or anything. It's just mediocre at best and will sadly be a forgettable Kendrick release. DAMN. is one of those albums I would only listen to certain tracks while skipping others, but never the project as a whole when there are far superior releases to select from.

Initial rating: 2.5/5.


I do need to give this a proper airing... but it doesn't seem to be knocking me off my feet with the somewhat staggered attempts I've had so far. good kid, m.A.A.d city and To Pimp a Butterfly were quick hits and demanded attention whereas this one... I like... but I think I may be supressing disappointment.



Couple of spins in, the highlights so far are DNA, Duckworth, Yah, Element, Pride -- I get what you're saying though, tracks like Fear and Loyalty don't leave a big impression so far

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Re: The 2017 new music thread

Postby Oscar52 » 16 Apr 2017, 09:26

Tactful Cactus wrote:
Oscar52 wrote:
joels344 wrote:
Note, this is based solely off my initial listen. I plan on doing another listen today, because multiple listens allow you to see the album in a different light.

I found it disappointing with very few memorable aspects about the album. Which is unfortunate after being impressed by the emotion of good kid, m.A.A.d city and being absolutely blown away by ambition of To Pimp a Butterfly. I also loved the jazz-oriented compilation album, untitled unmastered. With this in mind, I was greatly looking forward to this album. However, I found the majority of tracks to be rather average, West Coast hip-hop that lacked the diverse themes and ideas I had admired Kendrick Lamar for in the past. It's not to say the album is 'terrible' or anything. It's just mediocre at best and will sadly be a forgettable Kendrick release. DAMN. is one of those albums I would only listen to certain tracks while skipping others, but never the project as a whole when there are far superior releases to select from.

Initial rating: 2.5/5.


I do need to give this a proper airing... but it doesn't seem to be knocking me off my feet with the somewhat staggered attempts I've had so far. good kid, m.A.A.d city and To Pimp a Butterfly were quick hits and demanded attention whereas this one... I like... but I think I may be supressing disappointment.



Couple of spins in, the highlights so far are DNA, Duckworth, Yah, Element, Pride -- I get what you're saying though, tracks like Fear and Loyalty don't leave a big impression so far


Yes, Loyalty actually made me cringe a little. Still, the album is very listenable and it's a bit unreasonable of anyone to expect more Butterfly.

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Re: The 2017 new music thread

Postby joels344 » 16 Apr 2017, 14:28

Oscar52 wrote:
Tactful Cactus wrote:
Oscar52 wrote:
I do need to give this a proper airing... but it doesn't seem to be knocking me off my feet with the somewhat staggered attempts I've had so far. good kid, m.A.A.d city and To Pimp a Butterfly were quick hits and demanded attention whereas this one... I like... but I think I may be supressing disappointment.



Couple of spins in, the highlights so far are DNA, Duckworth, Yah, Element, Pride -- I get what you're saying though, tracks like Fear and Loyalty don't leave a big impression so far


Yes, Loyalty actually made me cringe a little. Still, the album is very listenable and it's a bit unreasonable of anyone to expect more Butterfly.


The album had a few cringe worthy moments, but that's especially the case for "Loyalty." Is there some requirement that every modern hip-hop album feature Rihanna on at least one track?

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Re: The 2017 new music thread

Postby PENK » 16 Apr 2017, 21:25

I like the album a lot.

It's not Butterfly but pretty much nothing else is. It might not be as wildly inventive or as instantly powerful as that album, but I think that there's an awful lot of content there; it's more introspective and nuanced than that record. The way that Kendrick uses his vocals is extraordinary: switching personas, styles, identities at will.

There are certainly a couple of weaker moments - like the rest of you I'm not keen on the Rihanna cut - and there is no immediate hit like 'Alright', 'King Kunta' or 'The Blacker the Berry', but the production feels more relaxed and organic. It's certainly a long way from being a generic hip-hop record. The record feels significant but in a different way to its predecessor: where that was a sprawling masterpiece, this is the intimate, reflective, lower-key follow-up. Not as good as that monumental statement, but a worthy successor.
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Re: The 2017 new music thread

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 17 Apr 2017, 06:18

I like the new Conor Oberst album. Not a thing I'd normally listen too much. Also the new Joey Bada$$ album is quickly knocking my socks off.
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