Posts tagged "contemporary r&b"

Album artwork of 'To Pimp a Butterfly' by Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar

If Good Kid, M.A.A.D City introduced Kendrick Lamar to the masses, To Pimp A Butterfly cements his place in the hip hop hall of fame. This is an instant classic.

Album artwork of 'Blood' by Lianne La Havas

Blood Lianne La Havas

For all the merits of Lianne La Havas’s thoroughly lovely and dynamic voice, the album ultimately comes across as lopsided and a little flat.

Album artwork of 'Blond' by Frank Ocean

Blond Frank Ocean

Blond flirts with indulgence but just about manages to stay grounded. It’s an account of slight thoughts, vague ideas, and delicate musings.

Album artwork of 'Channel Orange' by Frank Ocean

Channel Orange Frank Ocean

Shifting smoothly from ’90s R&B to psychedelic funk, Channel Orange is a liberation that Frank Ocean experiences as an artist as well as a man.

Album artwork of 'A Seat at the Table' by Solange

A Seat at the Table Solange

An extremely smooth ride with no turbulence or unnecessary distractions, full to the brim with colourful instrumentals and warm, comforting Solange vocals.

Album artwork of '"Awaken, My Love!"' by Childish Gambino

"Awaken, My Love!" Childish Gambino

The album boasts a lush, colourful sound, drawing from elements of funk and soul to create an impressively modern vibe. It's just a shame it's so cartoonish.

Album artwork of 'Drunk' by Thundercat

Drunk Thundercat

Thundercat doesn’t want to exhaust an idea, getting in and out of a song as soon as possible, but that doesn't keep the album from being exhausting.

Album artwork of 'Flower Boy' by Tyler, The Creator

Flower Boy Tyler, The Creator

The album’s craft is a pleasure to experience, luring one's attention rather than commanding it. Listens through have the sensory, slow-motion quality of a dream.

Album artwork of 'Dirty Computer' by Janelle Monáe

Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe

As enjoyable, sometimes euphoric, as Dirty Computer is, it’s far from perfect. Some of the trap-tinged beats will likely sound redundant in a few years.

Album artwork of 'Hive Mind' by The Internet

Hive Mind The Internet

The record stagnates into a smooth R&B mood, though admittedly a rather lavish one. It’s frustrating to hear an album so content with being unrefined.