Azealia Banks
Broke With Expensive Taste


4.0
excellent

Review

by anarchistfish USER (45 Reviews)
November 17th, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 11/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Back to crash the party

It’s probably better to look at Broke With Expensive Taste as an unexpected treat, rather than deride it for coming so late to its own party. Less so fashionably late, more stumbling in vomiting at 4am. Still, the final release of Azealia Banks’ début LP is a little like receiving a Christmas card in April, or finding a Mars Bar on a bench. Nearly three years ago it seemed like Azealia may blow into a superstar. Yet delay after delay has pushed her début LP further and further under the radar, and without a library of material to excuse her like Kanye West, her brazen personality has alienated many of her potential fans. The signs were ominous. Many wondered whether the album would ever even see the light of day. Many no longer cared.

The production takes a darker turn from the shuffling hook of “212” that made Azealia a household name, but its hip house style keeps a cohesiveness the whole way through. Punching 4x4 beats, together with itching basslines and Banks’s enticing rapping fuel a menacingly claustrophobic atmosphere throughout. It’s easy to imagine these songs, with their tight hooks and groovy beats, pumping out the sound-system of a small back-alley nightclub at 4am. Add in tight song-crafting, and Broke With Expensive Taste is full of potential hits. “Yung Rapunxel”, taking inspiration from Zebra Katz’ underground hit “Ima Read”, is an aggressive slice of hip-hop with the creative spark to calve an inspired hook from Azealia’s distorted screams. JFK expertly weaves together her different vocal styles, “Heavy Metal and Reflective” invites itself onto the dancefloor and Ice Princess boasts the kind of huge chorus we weren’t sure Azealia Banks could produce again.

Nowhere, however, does Broke With Expensive Taste outdo itself as much as on “Desperado”. M. J. Cole’s garage-influenced production and stunningly sparse, hypnotic beat inspires the best out of Azealia, who oozes her presence throughout the song. We were starting to give up on her, but Broke With Expensive Taste’s release is not just a relief, but encouraging proof of Azealia’s vocal and songwriting talent. It’s easy to forget Azealia is only 23, and her début LP feels like it may finally restore her place as one contemporary hip hop’s biggest prospects.

Just ignore “Nude Beach a Go-Go”.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
anarchistfish
November 16th 2014


26065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't even know what to rate these anymore



"Desperado": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XznLpNC8YlM

"Ice Princess": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9paz88pkmk

"JFK": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQhD92cpmsg

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Aftertheascension
November 16th 2014


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what is this

Gyromania
November 16th 2014


23719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nude beach is excellent though!

anarchistfish
November 16th 2014


26065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's gonna be one of those songs

Aftertheascension
November 16th 2014


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hate this and like this at the same time.

VaxXi
November 17th 2014


4137 Comments


I love that album cover tho.

Gyromania
November 17th 2014


23719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so high on this right now

trackbytrackreviews
November 17th 2014


3339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

meh

thacoconut94
November 17th 2014


1497 Comments


Great review, she is FINE.

Douglas
November 17th 2014


9283 Comments


I really need to listen to this. Well written review.

Aftertheascension
November 17th 2014


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah review is great. This is awesome and complete shit at the same time :/

Tyrael
November 17th 2014


21082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is def one of your best reviews to date, fish



album is excellent

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dylantheairplane
November 17th 2014


2181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The spanish part on Gimme A Chance is so fucking good. What I appreciate most about this album is that she can pull shit like that without ever sounding forced or out of place.

Oceanspellcaster
November 17th 2014


121 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is lame, is at the same level of poop like the atm jam or atlantis

EaglesBecomeVultures
November 18th 2014


5505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is ill, could see myself 4'ing it

Skoj
November 18th 2014


1603 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oozes her presence

PappyMason
November 18th 2014


5702 Comments


Nice review.

I still need to hear this. I'll get on it.

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2015


8495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"212" just bangs like no other banger can bang

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