PARTYNEXTDOOR
PARTYNEXTDOOR


3.5
great

Review

by Guzzo CONTRIBUTOR (25 Reviews)
August 4th, 2013 | 42 replies | 4,252 views


Release Date: 07/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm faded, swear to God I'm faded

PARTYNEXYDOOR. No spaces. Just all capital letters in bold. It's not really the best pen name in the world, but it is telling. It's in your face and hasty, just like a friend calling you up at 10 PM telling you that he just found out about a party. That is exactly what Jahron Brathwaite brings. An album that throws images of late night parties and sexual tendencies. And if The Weeknd's House of Balloons is the music found during the sexually fused waning hours of a party that Tyler Fisher described, then PARTYNEXTDOOR's self titled is the soundscapes foreshadowing those post-party moments.

And its seen throughout every aspect on this album; the subtlety of the lyrics, the ambiance of the production, and a voice that's able to document every feeling a party brings. Brathwaite has an ability to belt a soulful hook at one moment and the next moment showcase a rapped verse with precision. Unlike The Weeknd, whose hip-hop styled verses tend to sound forced and awkward, PARTYNEXTDOOR has a style that makes it cohesive. The reason is because of a percussive wordplay that sounds more like hip-hop than R&B, but it's sung through the soulfulness of R&B. Because of this, its flow is more smooth than the reciprocal. However, this does make moments such as the bridge from ''Wus Good / Curious'' stand out more, and not in a good way. Crooning lyrics like, Good, lovin, feel so, numb/ Ride me, til I'm, 'bout to, cum/ I see, you are, 'bout to, clim-/ ax so, oh girl, don't be, shy feel even more cringe worthy sung than they would have been if rapped. These moments are thankfully found in very few moments and never take away from what the mixtapes true star is; the production.

Where House of Balloons presented a visceral feel of the lingering bridge between the party ending and the orgy beginning, PARTYNEXTDOOR's production is the party at its climax and dwindling down to its end. "Right Now" and "Make a Mil'" provide the hi-hats of trap and silky synths coinciding with what sounds like a flute playing atmospheric notes alongside Brathwaite's crooning voice. "Tbh" sets the mood with sorrowful synths and clear bass drops to set the tone for the only time on the album we hear Brathwaite's voice completely unadulterated, without any auto-tune or computerization, and it's beautiful. And that is exactly what is so magnificent about the production on here. It's has the ability to mix the two different spectrums of music and sound great doing it. You'll hear trap beats and a noir-ish saxophone in the same song colliding artistically on "Wild Bitches" and wonder how it could possibly work. But it does, and masterfully so. The production on PARTYNEXTDOOR, which was self-produced, is undoubtedly the star of the show and a spectacle to take in.

There will be many claims of similarities to artists like The Weeknd, Frank Ocean and Drake associated with PARTYNEXTDOOR's style, and rightfully so. If you could combine The Weeknd's sound, Ocean's voice and Drakes subject matter, you would birth PARTYNEXTDOOR. And while it can seem rather unoriginal, especially seeing as all three artists have blown up in the past 3 years, the mixtape is still a party that should be attended. It's a party that you've been to before, but never regret attending.



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Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2013


1043 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Recommended tracks: Right Now, Make a Mil', Tbh

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2013


1624 Comments


Good review, can't help but see this as drakes attempt to make a new Weeknd

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2013


1043 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I feel like his voice is more Frank Ocean, but I agree, everything else screams The Weeknd

oltnabrick
August 4th 2013


30785 Comments


So this is Frank Ocean meets The Weeknd. Im down.

Digging: Monte / Magnétophonique - Split

808muzik
August 4th 2013


941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

holy shit i love the first track

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Cygnatti
August 4th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

didn't expect this to get reviewed tbh.

Digging: Jon Hopkins - Immunity

oltnabrick
August 4th 2013


30785 Comments


Tbh


Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2013


1043 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

diggin it oltna?

oltnabrick
August 4th 2013


30785 Comments


Tbh ye

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2013


1043 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

double entendre

EaglesBecomeVultures
August 7th 2013


5233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ok fine ill listen to this

Cygnatti
August 7th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

tbh, u shud.

EaglesBecomeVultures
August 7th 2013


5233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

don't tbh me cyg

EaglesBecomeVultures
August 7th 2013


5233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

< 3

Cygnatti
August 7th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

< / 3 tbh

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013


1043 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

faggots

EaglesBecomeVultures
August 12th 2013


5233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tru, tru

oltnabrick
August 12th 2013


30785 Comments


Hmmm


Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013


1043 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

mmmH

Hopelust
August 27th 2013


1006 Comments


Not a big fan of rap but "right now" is a pretty solid track for sure.



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