The essence of this album might be commendable, but the substance is pretty underwhelming (it’s nothing more than average melodic house beats with narrative vocals à la Highly Sedated [except, done badly]). Is this a likeable album? Could be for some people. Is this AOTY material? Nowhere near it.
I can see why some would like this, it’s more narration than it is "music" in the end; in this album, the melodies and music only serve to support and cushion the vocals and what it narrates. Except, it’s done wrong since the music fights against the vocals for the spotlight.
In this same spirit, one of the primary issue of this album is that the vocals tend to get overwhelmed by the chaotic and heavily reverberated music playing in the background. It leads the listener’s focus astray from the vocals which were intended to be the driver here. Also, it certainly doesn’t help that the singer’s vocals are sung with such a heavy accent that it’s difficult to comprehend what he’s saying in the first place.
Therefore, I can appreciate this to an extent, but do I like this? Not really. I don’t see myself ever coming back to this, and for what it is, it is a good effort but nowhere near as finely executed as it could have been.
Edit: These critics are high on sum shit.