Review: BROCKHAMPTON – “SATURATION”

“SATURATION is a thoroughly constructed masterpiece.”

SATURATION Review – 8.2/10

BROCKHAMPTON’s sophomore album SATURATION may just be one of the most anticipated rap albums of 2017, as the internet’s first boy band didn’t hesitate to tease the reveal by dropping some of the most fire singles from the project. This was a risky move, as it can sometimes spoil the album and overexpose the highlights. But the group surprised us with a record overflowing with contrasting emotions and a rare amount of consistency.

The production is not only fluorescent with different layers and complexity, but it serves a greater purpose to set the tone for the track. Lyricism is clever, witty, and even moving when appropriate, allowing for each of the members to create a unique persona for themselves rather than fade into the chaos of such a large group. All while leaving room for growth and improvement (most notably in the lyrical structure), SATURATION is a thoroughly constructed masterpiece.

 

“BROCKHAMPTON strategically placed each song in such an order that the energy flows in perfect rhythm.”

 

The album begins with “HEAT,” the most energetic and aggressive track on the album. Each member introduces their style by switching up the flow, all while consistently matching the theme of the track making for a classic banger. Starting at a high point right off the bat is tricky, as the vitality can quickly plummet and leave the rest of the album to drag. However, BROCKHAMPTON strategically placed each song in such an order that the energy flows in perfect rhythm.

Tracks will slowly decrease in vigor and production will slow to introduce more vulnerable songs such as “2PAC” and “FACE.” This not only permits the album to be diverse in sound, but also allows the artists to bring their personal struggles to the table and cover immense amounts of heavier topics such as drug addiction, sex, and identity crisis.Though the albums faces multiple shifts, it never jolts forward or comes to a sudden stop. Rather, it consistently transitions and takes listeners along for a refreshingly smooth ride.

Having a large group of performers can risk individuality as listeners try to juggle the diverse voices and how they all tie together to form a cohesive message and sound. The project prevents this – for the most part – by implementing witty lyrics that are quick to catch on to and easy to understand.

 

“..the repetitive act of merely switching off verses between one another may be compared to Odd Future tracks that lacked any musical syntax and sometimes dragged all the way to 10 minutes.”

 

However, a few tracks on the album tend to drag due to the overwhelming amount of rappers on a single track without boundaries. Songs such as “HEAT” and “GOLD” lack any orthodox songwriting structure. Rather than reverting to a traditional verse and chorus with a hook, members of BROCKHAMPTON will simply “take turns” and cause the song to drag.

Of course the amplified bass line and innovative use of synths will keep us entertained for a bit, but the repetitive act of merely switching off verses between one another may be compared to Odd Future tracks that lacked any musical syntax and sometimes dragged all the way to 10 minutes. Let’s be real; how many times have you actually listened to “Oldie” all the way through before skipping to the next track from boredom?

SATURATION is most certainly an impressive project for a brand new “boy band,” and this leaves hope for plenty of improvement and a promising future for BROCKHAMPTON.

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