BALLADS 1

Joji - BALLADS 1
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #819 / 880
User Score
2018 Ratings: #684
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
Northern Transmissions

It’s ... refreshing so early in the record to both see how much his music has matured and how much attention he’s putting into his music.

67
Pitchfork

Joji’s first full-length project features a host of guests in a quality effort to help push past the confines of his bedroom walls and tedious heartache.

60
Highsnobiety

BALLADS 1 feels like his progression into adolescence, trying a slew of different vocal styles and soundscapes to figure out what fits him best. And while it doesn’t all work flawlessly, he certainly shows enough to prove that he could make something close to classic with a few more reps.

60
Rolling Stone

Ballads 1 is elegiac and prettily pout-faced; Miller used to make you cringe, Joji makes you cry.

50
The Needle Drop

Joji's Ballads 1 has some great songs, but a thin appeal, as most of the tracks don't function beyond their moody vibe and lo-fi aesthetic.

MattsReviews
90

Wow. 500 followers? Y'all are literally the best, thank you so much. This review is made to thank as many people possible!

This last month has been quite amazing. Around September 25th is when I started reviewing, had 2 followers, and no one knew me. Fast forward to now, I've met absolutely amazing people and I couldn't have hit this milestone without them. In this "review" I'll be thanking everyone who helped me to get here. If I miss you, comment and I will add you. Once again, ... read more

BradTasteMusic
62

better... much better. However, despite the improvements on nearly every level, It still is the equivalent to musical wallpaper. I listened to this, and was left thinking... What does Jodi have that makes him standout from his contemporaries? To be honest, not much. He has a long way to go before creating a great project.

Edit: Revisiting this project, I underestimated just how high some of the highs are. Slow Dancing In The Dark, and No Fun are amazing and show so much potential for young Joji

FearFlour
75

This album grew on me extremely hard. I'll just blame it on the fact that I'm a teenager.

But anyway, here's my top ramen recipe that I've been living off of lately because I have nowhere else to share it:

1: Bring a small, shallow pot of water to a boil on high heat, add a cake of ramen and turn the heat down to medium-low.
2: Add one raw egg to the pot immediately. Be careful while stirring the noodles not to break the egg.
3: Once the noodles have completely seperated, remove the noodles ... read more

81

this album is so underrated guys. transports me to another world. the synths and bass hit so hard

zealwasnthere
80

I really enjoy the down to earth nature of this album. No track disappoints and it took me a very long time to thoroughly enjoy. I respect Joji’s vulnerability hes willing to share, even if this is just the start of his career.

MusicMan161210
70

That was definitely better than I expected

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Track List

1ATTENTION
2:08
75
2SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK
3:29
96
3TEST DRIVE
2:59
80
4WANTED U
4:11
81
5CAN'T GET OVER YOU
1:47
78
6YEAH RIGHT
2:54
85
7WHY AM I STILL IN LA
3:19
feat. Shlohmo, D33J
68
8NO FUN
2:48
75
9COME THRU
2:33
68
10R.I.P.
2:38
64
11XNXX
2:07
70
12I'LL SEE YOU IN 40
4:13
74
Total Length: 35 minutes

Year End Lists

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#25/Highsnobiety
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Added on: September 16, 2018