Future
EVOL


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
February 7th, 2016 | 97 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Emptiness.

As lambasted and ridiculed as Will Robinson's assessments of DS2 were, there's truth to his insistence that there's something deeper to Future than his trapping surface insinuates. The broader narrative of Future- one where a man out of love becomes a transgressive outsider- means that there is an impressively sad undercurrent to his otherwise conventional bangers. Take EVOL, an album whose title exists as an on-the-nose metaphor for a pitiful love life. It's symptomatic of what becomes of a guy who cheats on his fiancé and abandons their child; that is, deeply troubled, saddening, and mired in constant crisis. But that's just what festers underneath the music; refuse to dig deeper (as I imagine will be the case for many) and EVOL is a functional continuation of Future's impressive 18-month stronghold on trap culture.

If it sounds safe to assume then that EVOL is more of the same for Future, you'd be correct. As per usual, his flow rarely rises from a careless mumble, muttering about vices as if they could be had on any given day (or at least that's what the subtlety of "In Her Mouth" implies). Yet still, as one can expect from a man who made the asinine "Fuck Up Some Commas" his motto, EVOL revels in its smuttiness. Most of the time, as in "Lil Haiti Baby", he's shameless about his habits ('Dumpin’ back these pills / I feel my head explodin’') and incredulous to the point of vileness ('You want an R&B chick / shawty it ain’t nothin’ to get her', and, 'Oh, you want my life, that's la famil, that's all I know'). It's most pained over moment, "Low-Life", is a sinister reminder of how scum coalesces, a back and forth between The Weeknd and Future about who has more bragging rights for being a shitty individual. More than that, it's a collaboration that appears integral to the structure of the record: compared to Drake, whose pitch-perfect mockery of Future's flow on DS2's only guest verse grounded the ridiculously vapid lyricism, The Weeknd offers an articulated rebuttal to the vile boasting rampant across EVOL. Not that any of that boasting amounts to much; Future's worldview is one of constant dissatisfaction, a fact he remains both painfully aware and willfully ignorant about. Despite the possibility for broader analysis, EVOL is successful because, first and foremost, it makes good on its talk of cheap thrills and casual vulgarity. Considering how downtrodden and serious DS2 could become, and how disappointingly mild What a Time to Be Alive and Purple Reign were, Future hews closer to the attitude of his mixtapes to great effect. The resulting duality- a consistently brilliant rap album coupled with a problematic narrator- constructs EVOL as a genuine attempt to take this whole trap fad seriously.

In much the same way that DS2 reached its conclusion with a deeply flawed ballad in "Blood on the Money", EVOL wraps up with "Fly Shit Only", an attempt to consolidate Future's efforts into a 'real' album. It's admirable; even if it isn't a good song (it isn't), it confirms his ambitions to humanize and define music that is inherently without much meaning. On the surface, EVOL is adept at the sort of trap bangers that made the last 18-months of Future hype an omnipresent movement for assholes everywhere. Taken as a serious case for trap's legitimacy, it's a sullen comment on the emptiness brought about by a lifestyle defined by decadence. It's not pleasant, but it's enough to make being an ignorant dick sound quite compelling.



Recent reviews by this author
Sheck Wes MudboyTravis Scott Astroworld
Denzel Curry TA13OOPusha T DAYTONA
Post Malone beerbongs and bentleysJ. Cole K.O.D.
user ratings (218)
3
good
other reviews of this album
Chris Maitland (4)
Fly shit only...

Fort23 (5)
Albums a banger every song slaps like hell...

related reviews

Pluto

DS2

Save Me

Honest

Comments:Add a Comment 
Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2016


19063 Comments


3.5 aka i don't want to hurt your feelings but i don't like this

Digging: Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel

Hurricanslash
February 7th 2016


1830 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

On this new Future album, Future Futures a lot, So I'mma rate this a Future/Future.



This album sounds like everything else he put out the last two years, except for the very last song.. I'm unbelievably bored by this point. If he does not switch anything up on the next project, I'm officially done with caring about him. Not that anyone cares about me caring about him, but yeah.



Good review, though, Arcade.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
February 7th 2016


14565 Comments


great review Arcade

Digging: Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion

Sinternet
February 7th 2016


20451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review, nothing that different from his usual fare but not bad.



artwork is pretty good though

Digging: SeeYouSpaceCowboy... - The Correlation Between Entrance And Exit Wounds

Cygnatti
February 7th 2016


32914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Love

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2016


24983 Comments


(Edit fixed)

Good review man

Digging: Lagwagon - Railer

RivalSkoomaDealer
February 8th 2016


1630 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was a really good review. Still haven't listened to the album yet.

Digging: Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 9th 2016


32391 Comments


Never heard any of this guy's albums but this review was good.

Digging: Jimmy Eat World - Surviving

user
February 9th 2016


1573 Comments


love is evil spell it backwards ill show you


good write up as usual.

oltnabrick
February 9th 2016


37465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

we wearing diapers

Digging: Dark Fortress - Profane Genocidal Creations

LotusFlower
February 9th 2016


12000 Comments


Love is evil, spell is backwards and ill show you.

LotusFlower
February 9th 2016


12000 Comments


just realized user made the joke before i did. damn it.

DrMaximus
February 9th 2016


12521 Comments


slaps

Cygnatti
February 9th 2016


32914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

whoa

MisguidedYouth
February 9th 2016


261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

only ever been a fan of his features but this has got me interested in checking this out. great write up.

Rawmeeth38
February 9th 2016


1413 Comments


this isn't sonic youth

DoctorDoom
February 9th 2016


2987 Comments


I was waiting for someone to say that.

Storm In A Teacup
February 9th 2016


26905 Comments


fantastic review. album cover is amazing too bad it's on the face of a future album.

alienobserver
February 9th 2016


4494 Comments


i listened to low life so many times when it came out best song i've heard from him imo

alienobserver
February 10th 2016


4494 Comments


boy this slaps



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy