Michael Poggioli | Editor
This past September, one of the biggest up and coming boy bands, Brockhampton, released a huge comeback album after months of anticipation. The group had a rough year after a former member, Ameer Vann, left the band because allegations of abuse and assault surfaced on social media. The group struggled to collect themselves as they canceled the rest of their summer tour after Ameer left. However, their new album, “iridescence,” shows a growth and maturity that previous releases from the band have not.
Many of the tracklist’s song structures are sporadic and contain multiple sonic ideas in a single track. While the band has done this masterfully in past albums (ex. “Alaska” from “Saturation III”), in many songs on “iridescence”, the production comes across as crowded and even overwhelming at times.
However, while some songs are overbearing with their production, there are still songs that balance the soundscape with the lyrics in a compelling way.
The appropriately titled “Weight” allows the members of the group to reveal different personal issues they’ve struggled with throughout the past year ranging from identity, critics and fame. The song opens with a intimate verse from Kevin Abstract while a string section accompanies his lyrics about sexuality and self acceptance.
The calming intro transitions into a fast drum breakdown seamlessly while another member, Joba, delivers a high energy verse about how obsessive thoughts about money and wealth has occupied his mind as he raps, “We’re born with a dollar sign attached to our temple / Life is a dish served cold most times.”
But the transitions don’t stop there, as the track slows down again for a moody verse from Dom Mclennan. This is one of Dom’s most well crafted verses from the entire discography of the group as he writes, “Don’t let ‘em treat you like a window, you know you’re a jewel / This world is cruel and not as simple as they teach in schools.”
The biggest highlights on the tracklist include “Weight,” “Tonya,” “J’ouvert,” and “San Marcos,” a stadium ballad that has a outro reminiscent of something that John Lennon would produce. Overall, while the album satisfies the band’s fan base, it is probably not the best introductory album for newcomers.
There are a lot of great tracks on the record, and it will probably one of my favorites of the year, but the classic cuts from the Saturation trilogy are hard to be topped.
The group recently started touring and are coming to the Fillmore Philadelphia next week on the 17th and 18th, and it’s sure to be a wild show, so buy tickets while you can.