Iridescence by BROCKHAMPTON: Album Review

Riley Galasso, Music Beat

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On September 21, 2018, boyband BROCKHAMPTON released their newest album, Iridescence. Their trademark is capitalizing all of their song names and albums. The album is full of crazy sounds and sirens, with a few mellow songs. Soon after release, it was topping the Billboard Charts. Most of the vocals are by Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, Merlyn Wood, Joba, Bearface, and Dom McLennon.

The first song off the album, NEW ORLEANS is meant to get the crowd riled up and excited. In the music video, the band is shown dancing and jumping around amongst the crowd. Right at the end of the song, it transitions into the next track, THUG LIFE. The singers all rap about their personal struggle and escaping from their old neighborhoods. Sounds from NEW ORLEANS are incorporated into it. BERLIN is up next. This song includes car noises throughout the whole song as well as referencing gangs through metaphors and other figurative language. The fourth track, titled SOMETHING ABOUT HIM describes an ideal significant other. Unlike some people, the singers are describing someone who isn’t flashy, but is humble and kind instead. The next song, titled, WHERE THE CASH AT, starts off with Merlyn Wood, who is the band’s very loud, recognizable singer. Throughout the song many random things are referenced through similes such as the IRS and early 2000’s arcade game, Dance Dance Revolution. This song could be described as making you want to stop whatever you’re doing, get up and jump around to the beat. Up next is WEIGHT. This song is opened by one of the lead singers, Kevin Abstract. In his part, he raps about his struggle with coming out as gay and thinking something was wrong with him in his younger, teenage years. Around mid-song, the music switches to a more chaotic, but upbeat sound. After this, DISTRICT is next. In this song, each member reflects upon their newfound financial success. With this though, comes responsibility on handling their fame and whatnot.

The next half of the album starts off with a short, one minute interlude interview between DJ Whoo Kid and Cam’ron Giles. The two talk about how they’re not used to this new fame and money, as well as fake friends who really weren’t telling them everything they should’ve about that topic. After this, the song TAPE is up next. This is a very fast paced song about the boys fears, regrets, and insecurities. Very deep things are talked about in this song, such as depression and not being accepted because of their sexualities. Next is J’OUVERT. This song was meant to promote the new album, as it was a single. The title is a reference to a street carnival celebrated every year by many Caribbean cultures. Joba, one of the singers, also discusses his personal struggles with things such as drug abuse. The eleventh track is HONEY. This song samples Beyonce’s 2011 hit, “Dance For You.” The three rappers in this song, Kevin, Dom, and Merlyn all take turns rapping about what could’ve happened to them if the band was never founded. Next, we have VIVID. It starts off with Matt Champion, referencing many other people such as Odell Beckham Jr. After the chorus, Dom McLennon takes the next verse, rapping about how he doesn’t care about the new age rappers, or the old “veterans.” Nearing the end, SAN MARCOS is next. This the where the boys started BROCKHAMPTON, in San Marcos, Texas. The song references how they want to leave their past in the past, so they can start fresh again, just like how they were in Texas. TONYA is after SAN MARCOS. This song is based off of the film I, Tonya which is about being unsure of their famousness. This was the first song to be released after removal of Ameer Van, due to rape allegations. And the last song on Iridescence, FABRIC. The tone of this song is serious, discussing the band member’s personal problems, such as the industry and even their fans. The outro goes along with their trilogy, named “The Best Years of our Lives,” Iridescence being the first of three.

Overall, I would rate this album a 9/10.

It has all types of tracks that can make you feel either happy and ecstatic, or get you thinking. If you’re interested in the band, tickets are still available to see them at the Fillmore, November 1.

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