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Clairo - Sling
Clairo
Sling
93
Jul 17

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Solum -
90
This is just another Drake album.
That is the sentence I've seen most people use when describing this album, seeing it as a negative.
What even is a "Drake album"? For most, it's an album with smooth, sometimes too soft production with a lot of reverb, minimal structure, a blend of rap and R&B that doesn't have much to it as a concept. Certified Lover Boy perfectly fits this description. Yet, I think it's by far the best of its kind.
I went into this album hoping to dislike it. ... read more

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Solum -
65
While the sound is surprisingly pleasant, I think Zack doesn't go far enough on most of these songs. But his potential as a real rapper is pretty undeniable. fafo should be a hit, it sounds like a hit. The title track is unironically one of the best songs I've heard all year.
What I want from Zack in the future: more interesting and varied production (or funny, like on boy i'm on your ass, but maybe go a step further. The rapping is already quite good, and I don't think Zack needs more ... read more
Solum -
73
While the highlights are all some of the best songs I've heard this year; similarly to Assume Form, James just doesn't completely pull it off for me. The production is mostly excellent, the writing might be James' best, all the features killed it... I have a lot of great things to say about this album, but it just didn't click for me enough.

If I'm Insecure is one of the best tracks James has ever recorded, by the way
Solum -
60
This is a little EP Party dropped at the end of 2014, and its a fan favorite. I can definitely see why people love this project, because it sounds very genuine, its personal, it has a lot of Kehlani lore, it's experimental and mostly pleasing to the ears. But honestly, I don't love this. Lets get married is really annoying to me. Girl from oakland is beautiful, and i think it uses the same synths as savage anthem, which is very interesting. Jus know is one of my favorite party tracks. If you ... read more
Solum -
90
Classic. One of the most fresh sounding tapes I've ever heard, and it came out in 2013, a time from which most tapes age horribly. The influence this project had on trap, RnB, EDM and vaporwave should always be remembered. When talking about debuts, this is one of the best of all time. Also drake's best feature ever is on here. Did i mention Party wrote, produced and recorded all of this at 18?

Favorite tracks: All of em except ballin, absolute favorites are: right now, over here and break ... read more
Solum -
67
While the potential and influence are even more visible here, the results are definitely less fulfilling than Party's debut. The start to the record is really rough, and while East Liberty is fun, it's not enough to forget about the next 2 songs which just suck, especially Sex on the beach... probably Party's worst song, despite the excellent Disclosure sample. The highlights are unforgettable, though. Recognize is one of the greatest trap songs ever, Thirsty is catchy and weirdly experimental, ... read more

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Rating Distribution

90-99
 
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80-89
 
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70-79
 
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60-69
 
83

50-59
 
35

40-49
 
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