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“Iridescence” Album Review

Brockhampton's newest album surprises listeners

The six man rap group released their fourth studio album, Iridescence, on Sep. 21

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The six man rap group released their fourth studio album, Iridescence, on Sep. 21

Hudson Murphy, Entertainment Editor

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Following the release of Brockhampton’s album trilogy of last year, Saturation, which propelled them to gaining a large fanbase, the group has returned with the start of yet another trilogy. Their new album, Iridescence, released September 21st, and although it’s a very different sound from the groups usual work, the new direction definitely does not disappoint.

The album kicks off strong with the track “New Orleans” which features a hard hitting bass filled beat and strong verses from each member but also a quick feature from Jaden Smith, who brings good energy to the track. The track then flows smoothly into the ironically titled “Thug Life” which is a slower contrast from the opener, but provides chill vibes and a strong message.

Other strong points from the album include “J’ouvert” which is no doubt one of the more intense songs on the album, features a passionate verse from group member Joba followed by one of the best verses on the entire album from other member Merlyn Wood. Another strong track is the song “Tonya,” which has already become a fan favorite as it provides memorable and emotional verses from multiple members as well as an overall tone that delivers perfectly. “District” is one of the more successful experimental songs on the album, as it is truly is an experience to listen to with all of its beat switches, voice alterations, and different flows.

Experimental songs carry as a theme for the entirety of the album as the album seems very ambitious in production, leaving some fans enjoying the new style while some would prefer the more simple beats that were provided in Brockhampton’s previous work.

The only true negatives to the album is its comparison to the Saturation, which just provides a better listening experience. Iridescence lacks in some components such as the catchy hooks that may make Saturation a more enjoyable listen. However, compared to the work from other artists within the rap industry and music overall, Brockhampton seems miles ahead, but to their standards, the album could be better.

 

Rating: 8.2/10

 

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