BALLADS 1

Joji - BALLADS 1
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #827 / 890
User Score
2018 Rank: #571
Liked by 318 people
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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
Rolling Stone

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

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.

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

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

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

8am_skull
77

this is nice

N_C_R
77

I banged the hell out of this album when I was 16... looking back on this though, It has some incredible tracks on it, but it has some weak stuff mixed in with it too. Overall, it's a generally good album with some massive highlights, but it also has a decent chunk of mid mixed with it. The highs are extremely high though

JOJO_Br
90

Tenho muito a dizer sobre o Joji, especialmente em relação ao seu álbum 'BALLADS 1'. Este projeto é uma jornada emocionalmente intensa, que mergulha profundamente na alma do artista e nos leva por um turbilhão de sentimentos. Desde a abertura com 'Attention', até o encerramento com 'I'll See You in 40', cada faixa é uma experiência única e visceral.

O que mais me impressiona em 'BALLADS 1' é a honestidade e vulnerabilidade ... read more

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Track List

1ATTENTION
2:08
76
2SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK
3:29
95
3TEST DRIVE
2:59
80
4WANTED U
4:11
81
5CAN'T GET OVER YOU
1:47
79
6YEAH RIGHT
2:54
85
7WHY AM I STILL IN LA
3:19
feat. Shlohmo, D33J
71
8NO FUN
2:48
75
9COME THRU
2:33
69
10R.I.P.
2:38
62
11XNXX
2:07
72
12I'LL SEE YOU IN 40
4:13
77
Total Length: 35 minutes

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Added on: September 16, 2018