Brockhampton strikes gold with “Ginger”
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America’s favorite boyband has returned with their fifth studio album “Ginger,” and they’re not messing around this time (for the most part). The hip-hop collective recently debuted . However, this project dismissed their recent slump as a fluke. On “Ginger,” the band has defied expectations and delivered a wonderfully crafted LP that, unlike its predecessor, makes sense.
Brockhampton is struggling. Who could blame them? Their homemade sound has been tweaked to appeal to a larger audience (courtesy of RCA record label). This is a common occurrence for any musician that stumbles into a multimillion-dollar contract with a major record company. They need more listeners. Which would be achievable, if they had not lost founding member Ameer Vann, who just so happened to be the most talented member on the mic. There was a void to fill. Vann’s absence could be felt by listeners who have never heard a single song with him featured. This, unfortunately, was the pitfall of “Iridescence.”
This also happens to somehow be the advantage of “Ginger.”
The group is past the confusion. They are over the awkward song structure. They are no longer loud for the sake of proving to you that they are loud. They have finally healed, and use past adversity to their advantage.
The chemistry between the artists has improved. Despite their flawless vocal blend, individual members are still given the opportunity to shine at some point on the record. Lesser known artists no longer lurk in the shadow of Kevin Abstract. Ameer’s absence can no longer burn a hole in through the instrumentals. The band is fully realized, and they aren’t holding back. Track by track, the album is a religious experience.
The song “No Halo” gets the ball rolling, with notable performances from members Matt Champion and Dom McLennon, and an acoustic riff looped in the background to make the song just a little more perfect. Other remarkable tracks include the Jabari-produced “Boy Bye,” a song which flows like a theme song straight out of a 90s cartoon, as well as “Dearly Departed,” a ballad of introspection with stellar verses from members Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion and Dom McLennon. These songs are mere examples of the superb quality of this record. It’s not trying to be anything that it’s not. It is unapologetically “Ginger.”