Review Summary: BADBADNOTGOOD deliver an album that somehow outshines their already impressive debut.4 of 12 thought this review was well written
If you were paying attention at all last year you've most likely heard of the Jazz/ Hip Hop band BADBADNOTGOOD. Their last album titled, BBNG, was met with critical acclaim. Although comprised of mostly covers of Hip Hop songs with a few originals it still became quite popular, even playing a song with Odd Future's one and only Tyler, the creator. But some might say that it would be hard to accurately judge them based on an album that mostly wasn't even their songs to begin with. With the release of Doom and, their other single Rotten Decay it seems to prove their worth as far as songwritting goes.
There are covers here as well in fact only five out of the eleven songs on here are originals, being tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8. There are several Odd Future covers several James Blake ones just to name a few. They are some pretty amazing covers at that, if someone with no prior knowledge didn't know that they were covers they probably wouldn't be able to guess. Over the course of their albums one thing about BBNG is that their cover skills are impeccable. EARL is easliy one of the worst, it has all of the trademarks of the original song, the infectious beat, and the deep, hard hitting bass. Sax performed by Leland Whitty comes in too and it sounds pretty nice, and for a while it's just Leland and the bass playing, but the pure euphoria comes in when the beat comes back and the upright bass is gone and the loud obnoxious one comes back in, and the Sax just meshes with the song as if Earl himself wanted it. That's just the worst of them.
The Limit your love cover is pretty good as well, it's reassuring to know that they aren't just stuck in Hip Hop and aren't afraid to branch out a little bit. The real amazing cover is Bastard/Lemonade, yet another OF Cover. The band manages to keep the same kind of mood of the original. It's here where one might see a pattern, while the original tracks may be great, some of the most amazing moments of the album come from the cover songs, although this may be attributed to either most songs being cover songs themselves or the familarity of them, but with a twist.
In speaking of the originals, they need some justice too after all. The reworked version of Rotten Decay is ten times better than the original, gone are the awkward drums in the chorus of the old version, the fills are better and it sounds much, much more natural now. The song itself gets started a little quicker and the new pace of it easily makes it much more enjoyable. CHSTR brings in a synthisizer really shows off the bands capability of the fusion of Hip Hop and jazz. These songs could be argued to be just as good as the covers, some of them really show off the talent this band has, and they are practically begging for a whole album of just BBNG originals.
This is one of those cases where this is definately a must listen. It doesn't matter if you love Hip Hop and don't really care about jazz all that much or the other way around this is pure gold. Even if you don't listen to either genre just take a listen because this really has to oppertunity to open eyes to what both genres have to offer. As stated BBNG do an amazing job at the marrige of jazz and Hip Hop, something that isn't new mind you, they make it sound fresh and exciting, and some songs would be quite interesting to actually have someone rap over, but one can only dream.