AOTY 2018

Forever

Popcaan - Forever
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #562 / 706
User Score
Based on 17 ratings
July 20, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mixpak / Label
Dancehall / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
The Jamaican dancehall star returns with an immensely likeable crossover album that pulses with positivity.
80
Crack Magazine

For most of the album, the sweet signature sound of Dre Skull’s production shines brightly, and Forever is an album that sees Popcaan gaze beyond his own hype.

80
HipHopDX
With no need to feign badmon, Poppy is free to take his seat at the table, inching closer and closer to timelessness and true international superstardom with each carefree slapper on this album. Where his debut was concerned with building on his formative years, this incubated follow-up hatches a newly minted worldview from the embattled singer.
69
Pitchfork

Popcaan’s second album is full of faith, joy, and the wealth of his international pop celebrity, but falters when it comes to his idea of romance.

60
The Independent

The results are, unfortunately, very mixed. At 17 tracks long, Forever has the components of a solid album but becomes overstuffed, needing cutting down and reshaping to fulfil Popcaan’s previously seen potential.

40
The Observer

So much of Forever is underpowered and deracinated pop, lacking the filth, grit and deadly sub-bass of his mentor Vybz Kartel.

AlexLW_08
80
▲ Body So Good, Call Me, Mi Love Yuh
gabbygee
NR
good god these lyrics are gross
chunderz
48
The lyrics lack substance, but the essence of dancehall and its passionate, enthusiastic leanings is too hard to deny. I won't be coming back to it any time soon, but 'Forever' is an album brimming with unassuming confidence from a talented artist.

EDIT: After a couple of (very painful) play-throughs, this is pretty shit.

Initial rating: 66
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#41/Complex
#65/Noisey
/Esquire (UK)

Track List

  1. Silence
  2. Call Me
  3. Wine For Me
  4. Superstar
  5. Happy Now
  6. Naked
  7. High Drive (Louis Out)
  8. Foreign Love
  9. Body So Good
  10. Lef My Gun
  11. Mi Love Yuh
  12. Deserve It All
  13. Dun Rich (feat. Davido)
  14. Strong Woman
  15. Through the Storm
  16. Firm and Strong
  17. A Wha Suh
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Added on: July 20, 2018