Post Malone is the one breakout star that most people, including myself, didn’t see coming, but after an objectively very strong debut (who’s run seems to have no end) he solidified himself as a true force in music. However, it seems that not even he is immune to the sophomore slump, as beerbongs & bentleys is a noticeable step back from his impressive first attempt. His music has never been big on saying anything of much import, but here he seems to have even less to say outside of the prerequisite bombastic hooks (which he is very adept at). It doesn’t do much in the way of evolving his craft either, as the entire album just feels like a long collection of homogeneous ‘moods’ with songs that sound like every other song on the album that sound like every other song on his previous album. With the rapid pace in which music, particularly hip-hop, evolves and iterates on what’s popular, it can leave his sound, which was once unique, sounding and feeling a bit dated. It’s not bad per say though, beerbongs & bentleys is an easy (if not mindless) listen and there are a good number of stand out moments, it’s just that none of them feel as innovative or exciting as when he first burst onto the scene. He’s still very capable of making big hits with potent melodies, he just hasn’t added much depth to go with it.
Hard To Kill's sound is dark, lo-fi, moody, and very reminiscent of early A$AP. It's mood music and although it's nothing particularly new or different, it is extremely well done and I found myself grooving with the vibes for a large majority of the album.
Cardi B's debut isn't great by any stretch of the imagination but it's not that bad either. It's a more listenable project than I expected and has more than a few noteworthy moments. I guess what really makes it a decent project is that all of her best songs sound like a more than serviceable approximation of whatever artist she's feeling in that moment. They say the best artists steal, so in that sense she's more than on her way.
If you would've told me that Rich The Kid's "The World Is Yours" would be a better project than "Culture II", I wouldn't have believed you, but that's exactly the case here, and while there's nothing revolutionary about the music he's putting out, it more than scratches that itch for good 'trap' music.
“Everybody’s blind when the view’s amazin’
Damn, who are we right now?
Can we have a little conversation?
Figure it out with no intoxication
We carry on, what is our motivation?
We’re never wrong, how the hell we gonna make it?”
Have you heard beerbongs & bentleys? What’d you think about it? Were you hoping for a bit ‘more’ from Post Malone or were you cool with more of the same? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys Reaction
Post Malone's latest doesn't do much in the way of evolving his craft, as the entire album just feels like a long collection of homogeneous 'moods' with songs that sound like every other song on the album that sound like every other song on his previous album. But "beerbongs & bentleys" is an easy (if not mindless) listen and there are a good number of stand out moments, it's just that none of them feel as innovative or exciting as when he first burst onto the scene.