AOTY 2020

While The World Was Burning

SAINt JHN - While The World Was Burning
Critic Score
Based on 1 review
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Based on 111 ratings
2020 Ratings: #724
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Pitchfork

After an illegal remix made him a TikTok hit, the Brooklyn rapper-singer struggles to create an identity on his new album,  enlisting high-profile guests like Kanye, Lil Uzi Vert, and Future in the effort.

Doublez
55
Saint Jhn fell into the trap, and it's not a bad play on words. This third project While The World Was Burning could have taken Saint Jhn a step further artistically, but conversely, it accentuates the fact that it is classified in the group of bangers creators, but how long will it last? Too calculated, but without being efficient.

Having discovered him in 2016 on Soundcloud, Saint John is one of the hybrid artists with a very interesting potential, which I'm sure is still there today. ... read more
Rater
71
I understand why most people would tend to dislike this record or feel indifferent towards it as it's evidently worse than his two other efforts and is probably serving as a throw away treat project for die-hard fans. Everybody's allowed to be extremely biased once in a while though, and I am in this case. I absolutely adore SAINt JHN's style and I just crave new music from him. This is surely not up to par with his other records but it's still an enjoyable project for someone who likes his ... read more
Chode
52
I honestly could summarize most of my problems with SAINt JHN’s debut record in one word; generic. SAINt JHN has a lot of potential, which sucks because he seems to live in the shadow of his contemporaries across While The World Was Burning. Just like a lot of mainstream debuts, this isn’t an uncommon issue. However, that still doesn’t distract from the fact that JHN just ends up sounding like a budget Don Toliver a majority of the time. The parallels between these two ... read more
Cry
86
I'm probably rating this super high because I'm a new SAINt JHN listener and only knew him from the 'Roses (Imanbek Remix)' which blew up on Tik Tok. The main reason for why I even chose to listen to this was because of one of the singles, 'Sucks to Be You' which immediately sucked me into his world and fascinated me with a mix of vocals and production that I've never heard before. 'While the World Was Burning' took me by surprise, with its magnificent 12 tracks that fit together to form a ... read more
Scre4meh
65
Burning? This feels like a burnt fry,too solid to digest.
Yup,that's the shitty pun i came up with. Clown me,but at least i tried lmao. EDIT: LET THE WORLD BURN.

So,umm,Saint JHN came back with another record and yea,it's solid and satisfying enough for me. I really expected less from him,since the only songs i actually know him from were Roses and Sucks To Be You,which really made me believe all his songs will sound the same, and they didn't. He actually shows some variety on here and ... read more
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#45/Complex

Track List

  1. Sucks To Be You
  2. Switching Sides
  3. Freedom Is Priceless
  4. Gorgeous
  5. High School Reunion, Prom (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)
  6. Monica Lewinsky, Election Year (ft. DaBaby & A Boogie Wit da Hoodie)
  7. Roses Remix (ft. Future)
  8. Pray 4 Me (ft. Kanye West)
  9. Quarantine Wifey (ft. JID)
  10. Time For Demons
  11. Ransom (ft. 6LACK & Kehlani)
  12. Back On The Ledge
  13. Roses (Imanbek Remix)
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Added on: October 23, 2020