AOTY 2019

Ballads 1

Joji - Ballads 1
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #681 / 736
User Score
Based on 587 ratings
2018 Ratings: #922
October 26, 2018 / Release Date
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88rising / Label
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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.

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
zachthesnack
68
Asian Americans and Youtube Scum: this is a FUCKING MASTERPIECE OH MY GOD DONT SHIT ON MY SAD LO-FI KINGGGG

Me: SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK was easily one of the best songs of the year, and there were a handful of other interesting tracks. This was a huge step forward for Joji on all levels, but it could have been a lot better.

The second half of the album is pretty damn forgettable tho, like that shit sucks
TheDankestMeme
65
In Tongues was a disaster of an EP for Joji. Most of the songs sounded half finished and there was only one actual solid song in my opinion which was Will He. With Ballads 1, Joji becomes a more well rounded musician and singer and broadens his emotional range. One of the problems many people including myself had with In Tongues was Joji's very boring and relatively one note vocal performance. On Ballads 1 he turns that around and with songs like SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK adds more power and ... read more
fakeplasticrose
48
pink guy was better
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Year End Lists

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#25/Highsnobiety

Track List

  1. ATTENTION
  2. SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK
  3. TEST DRIVE
  4. WANTED U
  5. CAN'T GET OVER YOU (feat. Clams Casino)
  6. YEAH RIGHT
  7. WHY AM I STILL IN LA (feat. Shlohmo & D33J)
  8. NO FUN
  9. COME THRU
  10. R.I.P. (feat. Trippie Redd)
  11. XNXX
  12. I'LL SEE YOU IN 40
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