Not even a full year since their last full length, Brockhampton return with another LP and i’m not quite sure how I even feel about Brockhampton anymore.
While I don’t mean to start the review off on a grim note, perhaps it may well be that I’ve not had enough time with ‘Ginger’ to really have a grasp on my thoughts on this record. Brockhampton are a chameleon, a typhoon of creative forces constantly evolving to the point of whiplash at times, and ‘Ginger’ is definitely a smorgasbord of musical theatrics.
Taking all of that into account, there are a number of issues I took with this album that I don’t think i’ve had to express in previous eras. The mixing here is especially dreadful in parts (Dom being buried under most everything going on in ‘Boy Bye’ is devastating), and the entire affair drops noticeably in quality after ‘St. Percy’. Some will say ‘Iridescence’ suffered the same way, but I disagree. ‘Ginger’ is far more disjointed, clunky, and slaphanded.
Still, you have to give credit where it is due. The guys throw so many ideas at the wall that it’s impossible not to find something to like in the mix, (Sugar, No Halo, Dearly Departed) and their lyrical prowess shines through again for the most part (although i’m docking points for Merlyn’s hilariously cringe “She’s so bad I let her touch my butt”).
Ultimately, this album’s expiration date might be coming up a lot faster than any previous Brockhampton work, and those are still certified fresh….
- NO HALO ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- SUGAR ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- BOY BYE ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- HEAVEN BELONGS TO YOU ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- ST.PERCY ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- IF YOU PRAY RIGHT ⭐️⭐️
- DEARLY DEPARTED ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- I BEEN BORN AGAIN ⭐️⭐️
- GINGER ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- BIG BOY ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- LOVE ME FOR LIFE ⭐️⭐️
- VICTOR ROBERTS ⭐️
Must-Listen : …
(I mean, I don’t know what to really say here. YMMV. Honestly? Go back and listen to the Saturation albums…)
Skip : VICTOR ROBERTS
(I get the message, but it’s a bunch of off beat rapping and some singing that drones on across nearly five minutes. I was not high enough to get any sort of emotional response to this.)
‘Ginger’ is available now on all streaming platforms.
Check it out if ya want.