Blue Water Road

Kehlani - Blue Water Road
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2022 Ratings: #110 / 330
User Score
Based on 236 ratings
2022 Ratings: #191
Liked by 15 people
April 29, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic, TSNMI / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

In true Kehlani style, even as we have reached the destination – a place of light, as they describe it – there are still questions, still wondering and wandering to be done.

80
The Independent
Their conversational vocals bend through the album like sunshine through the water.
80
Clash
Indeed, much of Kehlani’s previous work was predicated around a permissiveness to pain but now, they make something universally tangible of their lifelong hurt, finally allowing the light to seep in.
80
NME
The Californian artist's third album is their most lyrically intriguing, as they leave behind the melancholy of the past to embrace a bright new land.
80
The Telegraph
If you’re looking for something evocative to put you in a sunny mood on a Sunday morning, you could do much worse than this.
80
The Observer

The Oakland singer’s lush third album is all about the heart’s desire.

80
AllMusic

Blue Water Road is undeniably lighter and less fraught than the singer's previous LP -- and not without grief and tension -- and also has a continuity justifying the decision to stay on a forward course.

79
Pitchfork
Kehlani’s most mature and thematically challenging album is steamy and committed, more eager than ever to bet it all on love. They’ve never sounded more comfortable in their own skin.
76
HipHopDX

From Kehlani’s candid songwriting to Blue Water Road’s vibrant backdrops, the album serves as evidence of what happens when someone finally begins to take responsibility for their own happiness.

75
Entertainment Weekly

On Blue Water Road, Kehlani makes a pilgrimage to the next phase in their life, one in which they're more reflective of, and content with, who they are today: a mother, an artist, someone with flaws who knows there's nothing but an open, sometimes rocky road ahead.

60
Evening Standard

It’s enough to maintain her status near the top of the R&B world.

Davibitt1234
75

Com tantos artistas de R&B lançando projetos artísticos melhores, Kehlani, ainda que fosse uma cantora talentosa que trazia em boa parte de seus trabalhos artísticos algo razoavelmente bom, ela pouco se destacava em relação à qualidade em comparação a outros nomes do gênero. Entretanto, 'Blue Water Road' veio para mudar isto, já que embora traga pouca inovação utilizando de algo similar ao que ela já ... read more

YuriDING
80

I am very happy with the evolution of Kehlani. From an average and generic artist, she has been reinventing herself and making her work more unique with each album. Awui she creates a whole new sound, which can only be heard on this album. Unlike many artists who rely on "revival" of well-known genres from the last century, Kehlani took the trouble to create a whole new, different and fresh sound.

Here she makes the wonderful junction between electronic and organic sounds. Can create ... read more

Maqtheus
73

Mesmo não sendo nada muito distante do que Kehlani já apresentou anteriormente, blue water road é, talvez, o mais sofisticado e bem executado álbum dela até então.

Das excelentes parcerias, destaque para os versos de Blxst em "any given sunday", até os arranjos menos convincentes e que conseguem soar adequados ao conjunto geral apresentado em 13 canções, tudo aqui parece exercer um peso significativo para o que a artista ... read more

theupbeat
70

Having built a musical identity firmly set in the romantic/sultry lane of R&B thus far, Kehlani is now in a much different period of their life, and her intention with their music seems to reflect this change. More conceptual and mature than ever before, ‘blue water road’ is perhaps the most fulfilling and refreshing body of work of their entire career.
The album embraces more thematic production as a whole, occasionally dabbling in throwback R&B styles (“wish i ... read more

beatrizwho
80

Sinto que a Kehlani vem a cada álbum crescendo mais como artista. Assistir ao seu show foi algo que me marcou, como fã de r&b ter oportunidade de ver alguém que acompanhei a carreira inteira foi lindo. O Blue Water Road merece todos os elogios da critica.
#1 altar
#2 more than I should
#3 melt
#4 little story
#5 wish I never
#6 up at night

79

Honestly just a great pop/R&B album.

little story - 72
any given sunday - 60
shooter interlude - 85
wish i never - 74
up at night - 84
get me started - 82
everything interlude - 75
more than i should - 78
altar - 86
melt - 76
tangerine - 80
everything - 87
wondering/wandering - 83

Overall score: 1022/13 = 78.6153846 ≈ 79

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