Mura Masa said if you’re smart right now, you’re making guitar music yet all this angsty, nostalgia driven indie pop bogs down some great songs. So many questionable choices, like the excessive auto tune and sonic direction he took after a smart debut that didn’t need guitars.
I didn’t enjoy TDF or Swimming. Main problem being Mac’s voice. Part of me feels that Jon Brion masterfully ties this album together but it’s success is also thanks to the lyrics. His vocals are warm and sincere yet existential enough to send you into a crisis; asking, what if?
Em’s knack for rhyming absolutely everything is so overt on this. Pair that with his robotic flow and most of these tracks sound like shallow parodies of himself. He seeks to motivate and spreads worthwhile messages but the majority of the content on Recovery is entirely grating.
A logical conclusion to the MotM series. While it doesn’t have the bonafide hits that it’s predecessor is known for, Cudi’s songwriting is more refined and he blends genres excellently. He remains vulnerable but it’s clear that he’s completely comfortable with his place in rap.