Harlan & Alondra

Buddy - Harlan & Alondra
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #44 / 850
User Score
Based on 182 ratings
2018 Ratings: #372
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

In essence, Harlan & Alondra feels like an older album in the same way that Buddy gives the impression of rappers from the past, but when you add in modern day energy, the album becomes very special.

90
Highsnobiety

Harlan & Alondra’s eclectic, sun-soaked feel doesn’t out-stay its welcome, and is as culturally vital as it is refreshing.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Harlan & Alondra will have to be crowbarred out of end-of-year lists come December. An absolute triumph.

80
Northern Transmissions

On their newest record, Buddy brings infectious rhythms again and again, while delivering stories from the heart that will leave you heartbroken at times.

80
HipHopDX

Buddy’s self-acceptance ensures his future in Hip Hop is bright and shines through on Harlan & Alonda. The pursuit of his goals has finally paid off with this grand debut.

74
Pitchfork

Unlike many of his more prominent regional peers, he’s no street rapper; his perspective is largely that of a bystander, close enough to suffer the turbulence but removed enough to avoid succumbing to it.

AZIZ
57
This ain't it.
ka1
100
a VERY solid debut from Buddy. Loved the smooth Cali vibes he delivered on here combined with some nice pop bangers.
chunderz
77
On 'Harlan & Alondra,' Buddy offers a tantalising debut thanks largely to his ability to flow effortlessly while constructing rich narratives that elude to his past, while also looking to the future.

Favourite tracks: Shameless, Black, The Blue, Trippin'
Z.Younk
74
I've enjoyed Buddy's laid back introspective ambient Cali vibes since Idle Time, and while some of this is very good, I could do without some of the full-pop (Khalid feat.) and without some of the cliche bars ("fuck donald trump" I mean I agree, but everyone's said it and there's no context here lol). Still over all the sound he's cultivated fully fleshed out here is the sound I've been waiting on him to finally achieve since 2014.
Raiksheen
70
Not bad
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Track List

  1. Real Life Shit
  2. Shameless (feat. Guapdad 4000)
  3. Black (feat. A$AP Ferg)
  4. Hey Up There (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
  5. Legend
  6. Trouble on Central
  7. The Blue (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  8. Speechless
  9. Young
  10. Trippin' (feat. Khalid)
  11. Find Me 2
  12. Shine

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#18/DJBooth (Hip Hop / R&B)
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Added on: June 20, 2018