AOTY 2019

ARIZONA BABY

Kevin Abstract - ARIZONA BABY
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #296 / 610
User Score
Based on 972 ratings
2019 Ratings: #295
April 25, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Highsnobiety

It is a razor-sharp reminder that Abstract is indeed a generational talent, a point we have been vaguely aware of during BROCKHAMPTON’s fiery ascent to the peak of pop culture, but one we can now see with renewed clarity as he takes center stage.

80
HipHopDX

Even if he frequently hints at running away from it all, he’s facing everything head on and letting listeners in on his emotional journey.

78
Sputnikmusic

With his endless flows, inexhaustible series of hilarious punchlines matched pace-for-pace by devastating confessionals and shameless R&B leanings, if anyone is built to dominate a solo release it's Kevin Abstract.

69
Pitchfork

The BROCKHAMPTON star’s latest solo album is an often powerful document by a queer artist who has weathered life’s bruises.

60
The Needle Drop

Kevin Abstract's ARIZONA BABY, while sometimes messy, is an admirably intimate and candid solo project from the Brockhampton star.

morningsbell
86
owo! A great effort from Kevin not only keeps the heartwarmingly introspective themes and lyricism, but adds chilling organic instruments to the already-banger production. This is a win for the gays.
PipePanic
82
So, the full album is out. After two weeks of digesting the album in sections, we now have Kevin Abstracts whole creative output on display for us to enjoy.

And yeah you already know it's a emotional record with many layers.

THAT SLAPS.

This album is one of the most brutally honest records that Kevin, or anyone from Brockhampton has ever put out. It's an album where nothing is off limits, where Kevin opens his heart up for everyone to see, to watch his life not through rose tinted glasses, ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
86
AMAZING!

Kevin is low-key sexy. No homo

*vague update: I finished The 1st Disc of Final Fantasy VII today, for anyone who's played the game knows what happens at that point (I won't spoil it, seriously play that game if you haven't already. It's like... 22 years old but for anyone who is into old-school RPG's with fleshed out worlds and characters needs to experience it. It's worth your time.)

I'm trailing off, I know.. "what does this have to do with the album?" Well.. for some ... read more
exception
62
I am in the process of coming to terms with the fact that the biggest reason I liked Brockhampton in the first place was Ameer Vann. And this Kevin Abstract album is what solidified that for me. This whole indie pop rap type of sound that he's got on this LP is cool, but it gets super tired halfway through. That's the same problem I had with Saturation 3 and Iridescence. Kevin's flow is also super choppy on a fair amount of these tracks, which is so annoying to listen to. American ... read more
RakkSmells
82
Yep, it's finally out, it's emotional as hell, and it slaps. The way Kevin utilizes the pitch-shifted and autotuned vocals in this album is incredible, and the production is just so catchy and on-point. The lyrics on the other side are very emotional and honest, probably the most open about his issues Kevin has ever been on an album.

I think Kevin is a huge highlight in the world of alternative R&B, and he truly creates his own definitive sound and genre on this album.

favourite tracks: ... read more
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Track List

  1. Big Wheels
  2. Joyride
  3. Georgia
  4. Corpus Christi
  5. Baby Boy
  6. Mississippi
  7. Use Me
  8. Peach
  9. American Problem
  10. Crumble
  11. Boyer
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