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An exciting next step from Glover
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2016
A huge shift from Donald Glover's previous work, but not unexpected (given the singles he has released for the album), and by no means a bad addition to his discography.
It's understandable for many to be left wanting the slick verses and tongue in cheek humorous tone of previous albums, but I would encourage Glover fans to give it a chance and take this in as a unique chapter of a very diversely talented auteur-esque talent. Thus far in his career, we've seen Glover excel as both a writer, actor (in various genres), comedian, and musician (again in various genres). What this albums lacks in the initial hookiness of songs like "3005" or "Fire Fly", it makes up for in mood and cohesiveness as a finely crafted piece of art. While more funkadelic, this album seems much more closely related to his "Kauai" EP than any of his full length albums, and that's not a bad thing.
Favorite track so far is "California" by a long shot, but have not found a song on here that I dislike yet. Excited to continue to explore these tracks, and eager to see where he evolves from here.