BROCKHAMPTON - iridescence
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Based on 15 reviews
2018 Ratings: #71 / 735
User Score
2018 Ratings: #118
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
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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.

80
AllMusic

Very much a product of their time, Brockhampton absorbs what they need from across genres, sharing honest confessions from their varied personal backgrounds (the most striking provided by group leader Kevin Abstract) and reflecting its mixed audience as a voice of their generation.

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
28
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.

Original score: 50
As of 12/5/18: 28

Review from albums launch week: 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. ... read more
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
FearFlour
100
EDIT 2: This might be my favorite album. Fuck. I've recently started getting more interested in making electronic by improvising live with samplers and synths. This has given me a whole different perspective on this album as it seems like the producers of Brockhampton really relish that more hands-on and immediate method of composing beats. This thing is fucking loaded to the brim with the short samples, vocal chops, and analog synth sounds you'd expect to hear at any local electronic house ... read more
Inglume
82
I've been using Internet Explorer for the past few days and I hope this review doesn't go up too late! I don't know why, but I kinda like using IE to post Brockhampton reviews on AOTY, so I'll stick with that from now on! :)

Today is September 24th, 2018. It's been 3 days since Brockhampton dropped this LATEST ALBUM, iridescence.

My god, has it been a long journey to get here! Things haven't gone as expected for the group. Following up the SATURATION trilogy and finding comfortable ground to ... read more
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.
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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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