iridescence

Brockhampton - iridescence
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2018 Ratings: #53 / 611
User Score
Based on 558 ratings
2018 Ratings: #55
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
By confronting the bumps they’ve found in the road over the last year, Brockhampton have found a new sense of unity, and it shows that the band possess a truly special voice.
91
Consequence of Sound

Iridescence is full-to-bursting; it’s like almost eating too much food, almost drinking too much booze; it’s getting close to too much, and still asking for more.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Kevin Abstract is so often the mastermind, but on Iridescence, there’s no reliance on one member to take centre stage and in turn, some who were prone to lingering in the shadows have burst into the limelight.

90
Highsnobiety

A record about the repercussions of fame and the pressures of expectation, iridescence thwarts the opportunity to sell out at every turn, delivering a major label debut that’s boundary-breaking, frank and achingly heartfelt. Hip hop feels greater with these men in it.

88
Sputnikmusic

iridescence is the best Brockhampton album because it doesn't give a fuck what you think a Brockhampton album should sound like.

87
GIGsoup

BROCKHAMPTON's return is a harrowing exploration of fame and identity, boasting "America's Favorite Boyband" at arguably its most creative and certainly its most introspective.

82
HipHopDX

Iridescence, the first installment of their The Best Years of Our Lives trilogy, ventures into a more experimental and abrasive sound. Though they are still figuring out this new dynamic, their fourth album is a bold and thrilling ride.

80
NME

In ‘Iridescence’, Brockhampton find their own truthful rebirth. And, regrouped and renewed, they're not going anywhere.

80
Clash

'Iridescence' feels like Brockhampton have regrouped musically to create a great, if not perfect, representation and platform to build on.

75
A.V. Club

That members of the self-proclaimed boy band met on a Kanye message board is extremely apparent: The group’s music is all over the place, often gloriously so.

70
Northern Transmissions
While it offers so much more ambition and creativity than something like Migos’ latest record, it also lacks the single-power to really keep you coming back.
70
The Needle Drop

The all-American boyband makes its major label debut with an album that shows emotional and creative maturation despite occasionally gimmicky production and some members getting outshined by others.

70
FLOOD Magazine

iridescence proves the American rap group—or boy band, if you ask them—have found the right balance of vulnerability and abrasive freneticism.

66
Pitchfork
The group’s fourth record is a pummeling a collection of mosh-pit conductors, crowded songs, and fleeting moments of delicacy.
ThrowBackG
50
The amount of urban white girls and cholas I know who think they're listening to underground trap rap has me confused on how to react.

Edit: Wow that cover is ugly. Anyways, I think everyone had their concerns with this record. From Ameer to closeted projects and now their $15,000,000 major label deal with RCA. My personal concern wasn't music however. I knew (even if Ameer was around) BH would stray from what they were known for. For the most part, the good stuff is really good but the stuff ... read more
FearFlour
90
EDIT: PITCHFORK REALLY CALLED DOM'S VERSE ON THUG LIFE "FAUX SAD-BOY DEEPNESS" IT'S STILL FUCK PITCHFORK.

IF YOU WERE WORRIED ABOUT THIS ALBUM BECAUSE OF THE RECENT SINGLES, YOU CAN REST EASY. I LIKED THE SINGLES A LOT, BUT THEY DON'T HOLD A CANDLE TO THIS. IRIDESCENCE CONSISTS OF SOME OF THE HARDEST AND MOST EXPERIMENTAL TRACKS THEY'VE EVER PUT OUT. THE PRODUCTION ON THIS THING IS FUCKING BONKERS. THERE'S CLEAR INFLUENCE FROM EXPERIMENTAL ARTISTS SUCH AS SOPHIE (ESPECIALLY ON ... read more
Strangelightsyd
93
Ok wow.

Edit: to all the people complaining about Ameer, I don't know if it's a joke or not but still yall are so annoying. The dude was so overrated and dull, yeah that's just my opinion but I know it's an opinion I share with a fair amount of people. Do you not realize that with the Ameer controversy, the boys could have completely killed BH. Instead, they took this huge hurdle and jumped over it with ease, improving and expanding their sound.
exception
58
Better than the 1997-99 singles but god damn did I get bored. Impressive moments and verses here and there, but as an album Iridescence fails to bring the charm and charisma that the Saturation trilogy had.
BradTasteMusic
100
Edit 2: Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crEQknqcH0w

Edit: okay... what I find really interesting about this album is how, in the Saturation trilogy, each member seems to spill their own personal issues onto each song. Lyrics often dealt with personal struggle, come up, drugs, and tons of other issues. With this new release, it seems like everyone is doing the same thing, with talking about personal struggle, but what is funny is how every single member is hurting from depression ... read more
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Track List

  1. NEW ORLEANS
  2. THUG LIFE
  3. BERLIN
  4. SOMETHING ABOUT HIM
  5. WHERE THE CASH AT
  6. WEIGHT
  7. DISTRICT
  8. LOOPHOLE
  9. TAPE
  10. J'OUVERT
  11. HONEY
  12. VIVID
  13. SAN MARCOS
  14. TONYA
  15. FABRIC
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Added on: August 26, 2018