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Poppy - Flux
Poppy
Flux
60
Sep 29

Recent Reviews

alekbenner -
40
Aside from some of the interesting production from Mike Dean, Travis Scott, and a few others, “Life of a Don” feels like meandering mediocrity that goes nowhere and brings nothing new to the melo-trap table. Even on most of the production, the reverb is turned up so loud that it washes out the majority of the soundscape out, leaving a sonic blemish that enters one ear and leaves out the other. Don Toliver on the other hand, a rather charismatic and characteristic vocalist and ... read more
alekbenner -
70
With a much more direct approach to the structures of “Friends That Break Your Heart,” it feels like one of James’ most hypnotically tangible and catchy pieces of work yet. Filled with strong falsettos and immersive production, the record envelopes from the get-go and carries itself smoothly throughout. While the middle section falters on its own ambience, the LP finishes strong with its closing tracks. Overall, “Friends That Break You Heart” is James’ ... read more
alekbenner -
30
Despite its uniqueness and left-field creativity, its execution feels meandering and unflattering, like something is missing. I initially thought this would be a grower due to its minimalist nature; the more I listen to it, the more it feels like it doesn't want to reach its potential. It feels minimal in a poor way, with tracks that truly feel unfinished or tracks that have an uninteresting loop for nearly 5 minutes; I honestly found it to be a complete snoozefest. On top of its poor ... read more
alekbenner -
60
Poppy's love letter to 2000s alt-rock is decently entertaining. Still, as the record plays out, its sound overstays its welcome, and it sometimes gets too comfortable to the point where its characteristics don't stand out engagingly. The LP has a strong start, gathering around a set of alt-rock tropes executed in a flattering way. As we transition into the album's latter half, it is more or less the same dish served with slight variation in its tone. Overall, while it lacks an expansive set of ... read more
alekbenner -
80
Blu strips it back with "The Color Blu(e)" after releasing the expansive and densely fantastic "Miles" with Exile. Filled with perfectly executed puns and double entendres with the color blue and Frankenstein J-Dilla style chops from producers Exile (again), Sirplus, and J57. While It's structurally weaker in comparison to "Miles." However, it's still an overall solid experience that thrives in its atmosphere and stays engaging with its creativity and brilliant ... read more

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Rating System Summarized
10 - Outstanding/Perfect
9 - Amazing/Near-Perfect
8 - Very Good/Great
7 - Good
6 - Decent/Ok
5 - Average/Mediocre
4 - Not Good
3 - Bad
2 - Very Bad/ Horrendous
1 - Outrageously Horrible
0 - Absolutely avoid at all costs/ So bad it's good

Rating Distribution

90-99
 
76

80-89
 
128

70-79
 
149

60-69
 
124

50-59
 
70

40-49
 
36

30-39
 
28

20-29
 
15

10-19
 
12

0-9
 
7

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