ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE

BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #119 / 235
User Score
2021 Ratings: #9
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
DIY
An album which finds a band who’ve been through a lot finding their stride and searching for joy from within the bleak, ‘Roadrunner…’ sees Brockhampton silencing any of those who feared they might have lost their spark. It’s a record that - if it is truly one of their last - sees the lads going out with a bang.
90
AllMusic

Roadrunner serves as a masterful group therapy session, picking up the broken pieces of life and uplifting with cautious optimism.

84
Paste

As the band continues to map out their progression, they also showcase their deep knowledge of and reverence for rap as a whole.

80
Clash

Framed by ‘THE LIGHT’, the record is cohesive, punchy, and succinct. A force renewed, BROCKHAMPTON’s return comes just as the darkness that has surrounded our lives for 18 months begins to dissipate.

80
The Forty-Five

If anything, ‘ROADRUNNER’ is the first taste of a collection of rappers who can stand alone with the same instinct with which they stand together – and that’s exciting. There is this overwhelming sense that the roadrunners are, at last, forging paths of their own.

80
Exclaim!
In what appears to be one of their final outings, Brockhampton is giving their listeners the best they have to offer, which makes anticipation for their next album even stronger.
80
HipHopDX

During the first listen of the album, only a handful of its 13 tracks stood out but upon further exploration, ROADRUNNER suddenly blossomed into a sonic garden ripe with introspective brilliance.

78
Sputnikmusic
No matter how you feel about the music, it's hard to argue with a band who'll go through the worst and come out assuring all of us that "the light is worth the wait".
75
Consequence of Sound

Throughout ROADRUNNER…, their psychedelic-saturated groupthink frequently coheres into daring and undeniably moving work, smoothing over the rough spots and small stumbles.

74
Pitchfork
The hip-hop collective’s sixth album refocuses on melody and economy, resulting in the group’s most focused and impressive record yet.
70
The Line of Best Fit

It’s a real pleasure listening to the group traverse a new obstacle in working more with external artists. And while this album may lean on them too heavily, this is undoubtedly the same BROCKHAMPTON.

70
Rolling Stone

Some of the best music can be raw while remaining widely accessible. Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine is Brockhampton’s best effort to balance these approaches; their hard times and brash raps go down more smoothly than ever.

70
Loud and Quiet
It’s a patchy effort to say the least, but the peaks are so high that the troughs are easy to ignore.
60
The Independent

Nothing joins together. Brockhampton don’t sound self-aware as much as self-conscious – you can't blame them. But it’s probably the right time to bow out.

60
NME

While ‘Roadrunner’ doesn’t provide party-starting hits tailor-made for when the clubs re-open, Brockhampton remains a vehicle for its sprawling cast of members to interrogate and overcome their darkest thoughts as one.

60
Gigwise

Seven projects in, and sensory overload seems to be at the nucleus of BROCKHAMPTON’s discography. Yet where the group was once in control and self-aware, ROADRUNNER has multiple missteps which edge on the fractured and insecure.

Chode
88
The best boyband since One Direction is finally back.

Watching a band that is as unfaltering in their constant knack for creativity and vision as Brockhampton is in action is a truly mesmerizing sight to behold. I honestly feel bad for anyone who won’t be able to get into Brockhampton’s music before their supposed disbandment at the end of the year as following around the artistic metamorphosis Brockhampton has foregone since the days of the Saturation trilogy has been like ... read more
PipePanic
89
The light is so goddamn bright.

Me and BROCKHAMPTON I feel have this strange connection. Obviously not a friendship (Reminder that parasocial relationships can be extremely harmful), but rather I've felt, only upon taking a look at my own life, that I live in parallel to BROCKHAMPTONS artistic journey that they have taken across the mere 6 years since their formation. The groups rise to power is stuff of legend, with the idea of a large group of friends trying their hardest to make music they ... read more
Doublez
78
RoadRunner is one of the most sincere and singular albums of Brockhampton, as much thematic as in the writing. It's a beautiful adventure as well, but I think the interest is mostly in some individual songs more than in the whole

Formed in Texas in 2015, Brockhampton has quickly become in a few years the favorite Hip Hop group of the listeners, while yet the format "group" in the genre occupies a small place nowadays. It is necessary to realize that apart from a few duo (or even ... read more
BaddieBaphomet
90
I was honestly worried about how this album would turn out considering its unusual rollout. I didn’t really love their “Technical Difficulties” series, the album’s release being pushed further and further back, a handful of snippets that I wasn’t super impressed by, and the longest amount of time the collective has ever worked on one album had made me expecting something below their typical level of quality. However, now that we have the final product, ... read more
MattsReviews
85
Kevin Abstract please run me over
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Track List

  1. BUZZCUT (feat. Danny Brown)
  2. CHAIN ON (feat. JPEGMAFIA)
  3. COUNT ON ME
  4. BANKROLL (feat. A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg)
  5. THE LIGHT
  6. WINDOWS (feat. SoGone SoFlexy)
  7. I'LL TAKE YOU ON (feat. Charlie Wilson)
  8. OLD NEWS (feat. Baird)
  9. WHAT'S THE OCCASION?
  10. WHEN I BALL
  11. DON'T SHOOT UP THE PARTY
  12. DEAR LORD
  13. THE LIGHT, PT. II
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Added on: January 16, 2021