Balens Cho (Hot Candles)

Mach-Hommy - Balens Cho (Hot Candles)
Critic Score
Based on 1 review
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Based on 234 ratings
2021 Ratings: #102
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
Pitchfork
The New Jersey rapper makes Haiti the main character of his latest project, balancing social context with a sense of intimacy and urgency.
PelicanManners
79

I actually prefer this one over Pray For Haiti. I love it sonically, it’s so smooth and groovy with its jazzy production. The length of the album is also one of its biggest strengths. With the runtime of only 24 minutes it ends up being a nice compact package. Mach is in top form as well, he has a buttery smooth delivery with witty bars sprinkled throughout. There’s no filler, except maybe the interludes can get a bit tiresome. But overall this is my favourite of his this year, it ... read more

kimchilli
85

Yo Mach, let me take you to the finest Korean BBQ restaurant and we can munch on dem galbis 😂😂

"smoke you like Korean BBQ, you know where the galbi"
^ My new favourite line since Sosa's "Korean spicy garlic"

Best track: Wooden Nickels (might be the best hip hop song to come out this year)

gopxity
77

Very impressive lyricism with jazz inspired beats to match. Mach is just one of those rappers that instantly grabs your attention as soon as he starts rapping.

Favorite tracks: LABOU, SEPARATION OF THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS, WOODEN NICKELS, TRADITIONAL, MONEY MAGNETS
Least favorite: MAGNUM BAND REMIX

CharlieTDE
85

So fire for such a short project, better than Pray For Haiti IMO.

MickyT
50

It's pretty difficult to be disappointed by what Mach-Hommy does from a rapping and lyrical point of view, but it's very easy to be disappointed by Balens Cho as a cohesive project since it doesn't have a whole lot to show for it in terms of memorability apart from a handful of tracks. You more or less just get what you expect from a Mach-Hommy project here and as a result it has a lot of very standard tracks and it's not really that compelling or distinguishable from what he's done prior. Not ... read more

Misogino
82

I would bop to labou for the rest of my existence

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Added on: November 4, 2021