Boots
AQUARIA


3.5
great

Review

by ExplosiveOranges USER (72 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2015 | 33 replies


Release Date: 11/13/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anyone could tell you that you got bad luck/But a teacher can't teach us how to give a fuck

Jordan Asher is no stranger to mixing and producing R&B and hip hop music. Having worked on Beyonce’s self-titled album back in 2013 and Run The Jewels 2 just last year, Asher has already crafted a name for himself as a valuable music producer. On his solo debut AQUARIA, Boots exposes a slightly different side of himself in terms of style and creativity, and is ultimately able to compose a unique and gratifying piece of work that hits its mark more often than not. “Brooklyn Gamma” kicks off the album with snappy, fast-paced drum beats accompanying layered, soulful vocals and a heavy electronic bassline. “C.U.R.E.” strives for a more hip hop-oriented sound, drawing parallels to his colleagues El-P and Killer Mike.

Asher’s electronic influences also play a huge part in the album, combining DnB and industrial elements to form a very distant, far-flung atmosphere alongside his detached, distorted vocals. “Bombs Away” exemplifies this best, treading carefully between bombastic drums, intense bass, and a calm, placid chorus. Additionally, though, there’s a strange, almost extraterrestrial pulse coursing through the music. From the fuzzy basslines, to the glitchy synths, and all the way up to the rhythmic clicking of the drums, you get the feeling that while Boots has an idea of where’s he’s going and how he’ll get to his destination, he’s never really there.

AQUARIA isn’t by any means a perfect debut. Some songs, such as “Dead Come Running”, drag on just a bit too long, and the album itself could use a bit more variety, especially with all of the slower tracks littered about. That doesn’t mean that there’s any trace of sluggishness or lack of flow on the album, but the experience could have been more dynamic with a slightly less brooding atmosphere. Despite some minor setbacks, however, AQUARIA manages to stand strong as a solid beginning to Boots’s solo catalog. With an already prestigious reputation and his feet firmly planted on the ground, the sky’s the limit for Jordan Asher’s future endeavors.



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ExplosiveOranges
November 21st 2015


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album's available on spotify. thanks to insurrection and cometodaddy for helping me polish this up. criticism welcome.

Asdfp277
November 21st 2015


19993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a review of this, niceeee

Digging: Black Barrel - Last Frontier

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 21st 2015


42531 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Anyone could tell you that you got bad luck/But a teacher can't teach us how to give a fuck




much angst

Digging: Cvd - Elsewhere Nowhere

SharkTooth
November 21st 2015


13968 Comments


He's most well-known for his contributions to Beyoncé's 2013 self-titled effort.

looks like this'll be good

LotusFlower
November 21st 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

not exactly the best line to highlight from this album out of context >.>

LotusFlower
November 21st 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

also yeah, boots produced 75% of Beyonce's album (his words, not mine)

Asdfp277
November 21st 2015


19993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He's most well-known for his contributions to Beyoncé's 2013 self-titled effort.



what did he do, specifically? album's great so i wanna give him credit



LotusFlower
November 21st 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

He wrote Haunted alongside Beyonce, and then he had a hand in producing Drunk In Love, Jealous, Superpower, No Angel, Heaven, and Blue.

Asdfp277
November 21st 2015


19993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

>Drunk in Love

5/5

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2015


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

all I know about this album is that the P4K review for this is all kinds of ass



this looks great actually, want to check. nice work as always eo

LotusFlower
November 21st 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hes also done some stuff with Son Lux and Sia in the past, this guy really gets around.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 21st 2015


42531 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

whoa

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 21st 2015


42531 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what did he do wit son lux

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2015


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

@potsy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9Xg3b8iF_Y

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 21st 2015


42531 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

well aint that fucking nifty as fuck

Asdfp277
November 21st 2015


19993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

given all this information, this guy's got the production thing down, the only thing he's missing is the songwriting ability, but he's promising so

LotusFlower
November 21st 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah, his song writing as a whole is on the weaker side on some of these tracks. like in bombs away you get this weird screechy interlude that bridges the chorus from the verses and it just goes on forever and feels really out of place. with a little more work this guy could probably be the "next big thing" or something.

Asdfp277
November 21st 2015


19993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

should take notes from the artists he works with, and perhaps listen to and study a little more pop in the daily to get the hold of it

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 21st 2015


42531 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

go tell him then

Asdfp277
November 21st 2015


19993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol k, wait



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