It Was Good Until It Wasn't

Kehlani - It Was Good Until It Wasn't
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #596 / 819
User Score
Based on 551 ratings
2020 Ratings: #838
Liked by 16 people
May 8, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
TSNMI, Atlantic / Label
R&B / Genres
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This is her best project to date.
The Line of Best Fit

Kehlani’s latest project offers us a vision of inevitable heartbreak, set against the backdrop of light, summery ‘90s R&B and hazy contemporary hip-hop soul.

The Guardian

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t is an album so concise and focused that songs regularly clock in just a shade over two minutes, and which offers a succession of 21st-century reboots of the old-fashioned R&B slow jam.

The Independent

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t is the latest work demonstrating the 25-year-old’s profound emotional intelligence.

The Telegraph

Kehalni’s lubricious vocals and tender slow jams are not for the faint-hearted, but there is a real core of emotional truth burning through these X-rated grooves.


It Was Good Until It Wasn’t expands that poise into an ace R&B showcase. Less explicitly autobiographical and triumphant than her previous music, the album’s emphasis is on immersion.

The opportunity to fully distinguish herself from her contemporaries that would solidify her rank was lost here. The silver lining? She may haven’t realized her true potential yet.
Spectrum Culture

After dipping her toes into the world of fast-paced pop, Kehlani takes a step forward with It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, an album of sophisticated and clever R&B.


The dark and sexy new songs shine their brightest when coated with a layer of her previous sparkle; which makes the artist’s second album a fine but frustrating release.

The Observer

Overall Kehlani sounds assured and impressive here, offering sensuality and intimacy in her candour.


As the last plucked notes ring out into the ether, we are left with a record that doesn’t always astound but has a fair few enjoyable moments, and some very effective vocal performances.


Kehlani has a sublime skill in conveying her hardships and heartache, but fails to bring these tales to the forefront in a train of thought worth following as a cohesive project.

No Ripcord

It feels slapdash and disorganized in the way a lot of Kehlani’s material has, but this is even worse than usual.

In the vein of SZA's sultry and moody debut record from three years ago, Kehlani follows up her album from the same year with her second LP effort It Was Good Until It Wasn't. The energy level remains at a pretty similar pace, never really allowing the album to flourish in the same way that the aforementioned SZA album was able to accomplish. The relative sameness in production and vocal delivery brings the album to a somewhat of a stalemate - it's never inherently a bad mood that she strives ... read more
Sounds like the R&B version of a NAV album but this feels even more boring than the new NAV.

Can‘t think of anyone with much R&B knowledge who would be impressed by this.

Masego, James Blake and Open (Passionate) and Lexii‘s Outro saved this from being a total failure.

At least the cover is fire.
Some tracks felt like demos for me but Kehlani has a really great ear for melodies and that still shows. Okay follow up to sweetsexysavage though this album doesn't really standout as much in the sea of trap rnb music we're getting now.
Fave: Can I, Change Your life
damn this thing is just really really boring
Overall not a terrible album. Could’ve been worse for sure but pretty clean. I appreciated the features; very coordinated. The album gains momentum then slows down when tracks get underwhelming and similar. Some individual songs sound too similar throughout. And there is a theme but this can get boring since there is not much to break it up or many arcs in the style or vibe. While it sounds good, some songs aren’t fully fleshed out.

Worst thing for me is the skits. Really ... read more
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Track List

  1. Toxic
  2. Can I (feat. Tory Lanez)
  3. Bad News
  4. Real Hot Girl Skit
  5. Water
  6. Change Your Life (feat. Jhené Aiko)
  7. Belong To The Streets Skit
  8. Everybody Business
  9. Hate The Club (feat. Masego)
  10. Serial Lover
  11. F&MU
  12. Can You Blame Me (feat. Lucky Daye)
  13. Grieving (feat. James Blake)
  14. Open (Passionate)
  15. Lexii's Outro
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Added on: April 24, 2020