Updated: Feb 23, 2022
This album has different feels and sounds and aesthetic which is very distinct from the other album and this feels like it's all over the place in terms of genre selection.. which is not bad at all in my opinion and I think it only adds more layers and amplifies the user listening experience.
The infamous boy band should be more open to bigger collaboration and they did that with Danny brown, JEPGMAFIA, A$AP Ferg and Rocky.
Buzzcut is a strong start to a record that refuses to be pinned down and deals with the topics of one's past, spirituality and reflecting on it. The outro gave it dark RnB vibes which sound like the start of some dark religious experience.
II. CHAIN ON
It has warm bass, skipping beats and vintage synths. The beat and hook make up for a low-key earworm that is contrasted nicely by some bold expressive quotable packed verses from JEPGMAFIA.
III. COUNT ON ME
This was first out to the public as a single but now is a part of the album. When I heard this as a single, I liked it but then when I heard it with the whole album, which gave me more perspective on the song and how well it fitted with the whole album. The sweet melodic group chorus is the best part.
It is both moody and materialistic. It is a very catchy and colourful song. It has sad synthesisers and flashy lyrism from asap Ferg and here he is sounding very invigorating.
V. THE LIGHT
This song caught on with the public as soon as it was released because of how intensely tragic the song and verses are, where Joba talking about the sad and devastating suicide of his father and Kevin talking about the struggles of building his career as an openly gay man and dealing with the bigotry that comes with it by being open about it not just in front of the society but also his family. Nonetheless, this song has some of the better beats, buzzing guitar leads, sinister organs and some captivating chord changes.
It runs like a dramatic piece of gangster rap with its mysterious synths and head-nodding beats with an amazing intro-verse from so gone. Also, this is the longest track on the LP at about 6 mins so each and every member of to group get equal mic time and it has a dreamy hip-hop outro.
VII. I'LL TAKE YOU ON
It has some peppy beats and gentle sweet vocal harmonies. This is a very chill and endearing song which you also dance to. It hints to me of a very groovy song vibe-wise.
VIII. OLD NEWS
It has a bouncier and more colourful beat as well as very bolder rap verses which are heavier.
IX. WHAT'S THE OCCASION
It has a prominent guitar passage, a glam rock-inspired outro and a heart-wrenching hook.
X. WHEN I BALL
It instrumentally feels like a classic piece of funky 70's soul along with the flow and feels like a Kanye song. The songs talk about how you can't change and accept things how they are and make the best and hope for better days tomorrow.
XI. DON'T SHOOT UP THE PARTY
I personally find this the strongest and unsettling bangers of the LP. Thematically it is an odd mix of racism, paranoia and all the mass shooting, that could be suggested from the name of it metaphorically or even literally in this sense. The whole song is a sad anthem dedicated to those who may be feeling they're being pushed to the edge for some or another reason.
XII. DEAR LORD
Here we get a serene little sonic oasis that features a lot of vocals and harmonies. The soul and the singing rings through stylistically it is gospel-inspired. It is also a tone-setter for the next track.
XIII. LIGHT PART 2
It is an extension to the themes of The Light earlier on the record. It features a pretty sad instrumental verse.
Well, ROADRUNNER has that electric chemistry from the saturation era but we're seeing the group kind of reflecting energy, which I think is born out of the darker world that we are all in the midst of at the moment. Growing maturity is also seen by the group, meaning that all the boys are growing old, having seen the world and meeting a lot of people and a lot of good and bad experiences having by all the boys in the group (this album mainly focuses on the Joba and Kevin though but all of them have their contribution as well).
But everything apart I enjoyed this album and it made me a little sad too but you know that the part of the music listening journey and also the fact that this was the second-last album of the boy band.
CC SCORE - 8/10
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