AOTY 2019

Harlan & Alondra

Buddy - Harlan & Alondra
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #38 / 736
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2018 Ratings: #435
July 20, 2018 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
Pop Rap, Hip Hop / Genres
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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.
Z.Younk
68
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).
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'
JeremiahMurphy
75
Harlan & Alondra Is Buddy’s debut album that addresses some personal topics at the same time as being such a great listen. There are a handful of beautifully done tracks on this. I think there are some filler tracks on this but Buddy is going nothing but up from here. He’s got a great voice, good rhymes and some great production. Overall this a good debut and I see this dude being a well known succesful rapper in the years to come.
blueczarr
75
Buddy did everything he could’ve to make it this an enjoyable first listen. The beats are old-fashioned and bouncy. The lyrics are simple and fun. I definitely felt this could be a high 8 on my first listen. On subsequent playthroughs, I found myself having less and less enjoyment, while still retaining my love for a few songs. I would definitely suggest a listen though. It’s not mindblowing or revolutionary, but it’s filled with great summer tracks. Probably would’ve ... read more
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MISC LISTS

#15/Uproxx (Rap)

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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