Kevin Abstract
American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story


4.0
excellent

Review

by SpeakSound USER (16 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2016 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Young artist Kevin Abstract, on his path to self-discovery, releases his sophomore album which takes another step in the right direction toward defining his sound.

Abstract, currently only 20 years old, has already left a mark with his 2013 debut, “MTV 1987.” At the close of the year, it slid its way onto a couple end of the year lists and left anticipation for his next move. Since he was 14 he’s been involved in music and since then he’s clearly made a lot of progress, even earlier this year he was part of a mixtape released as BROCKHAMPTON entitled “All-American Trash.” Now highly ambitious Abstract steps to the plate to dish out his sophomore record and delivers a smash hit which proves to be a much more confident release than anything he’s previously touched.

Unlike his debut, “American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story,” uses short diverse tracks with personal lyrics and also marks a change in direction from alternative hip-hop to alternative R&B. The short runtime of each cut leaves little room for repetition which makes the whole feel fast moving and gives much value to replays. With each spin, you’ll catch details you missed the previous turn, reflecting the ever-changing sound of the album.

The album wastes no time grabbing your attention, serving up “Empty” as the first song which has a dusty sounding piano with a tuba to heighten the beat and give it a classic 90’s feel. Most tracks include some sort of light electronic element, “Empty” includes a popping background beat. Also, featured in many tracks throughout, is a choir which seems to be a heavy theme in 2016 with all the “gospel rap” being put out; but Abstract does so effectively and it pushes many tracks from good to great. One of the best examples of this is “Runner” where the choir sample is chopped and played at different pitches to create the sickest beat the album has to offer.

“American Boyfriend,” like previously mentioned, relies on quick songs heavily contrasting “MTV1987’s” songs which often ran past the 6-minute mark. Tracks such as “Kin,” “Friendship,” or “June 29th” clock in at less than a minute but feel necessary to the album. Juxtaposed tightly together are a buffet of genres. “Blink” is possibly the most hip-hop the album ever gets which is followed by “Friendship,” a 23 second track which sounds like it was recorded live in the back of the bar. “Tattoo” is the next which has a country sounding beat, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and all. If that wasn’t enough, “Yellow” follows that, which could easily be a beat to a Coldplay song (No, I’m not making a “Yellow” joke). But “Miserable America” takes the cake for best track quite easily with its funky bass line, it’s catchy “I Don’t Care!” sample and soaring “Oooh oooh Oooh” choir back ground to carry it all.

Lyrically, Abstract takes on many personal issues that conflict his life. Love is an overall theme, but it gets much deeper than that, although the lyrics never get too poetic to jump over anyone’s heads. One of the most honest and personal lines of the record comes from “Papercut” when Abstract sings “Can’t tell my family I’m bi, can’t tell my mother I’m gay, the hardest part of my day is wishing I was ***ing straight.” One line that stuck with me was “I need you to tell me I’m better than Drake.” Well Kevin, if we’re talking 2016, I think you just might have done it, kid.

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Sinternet
November 21st 2016


20466 Comments


neg

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2016


14565 Comments


Its generally considered rude to post reviews so close together as it means you have two on the frontpage at a time pushing other peoples reviews off

as a rule, wait until the next day or until your other review is off the front page before posting another

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SpeakSound
November 22nd 2016


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey Mort. I agree. Im going to post another today, just to warn you. Let me explain, I have a blog, I am a new member as of yesterday. I'm not trying to overload the page, I was just trying to post reviews I'd already done. Now that im caught up with the rules, Ive been trying to fix it and make it so I only have one per day. I wanted this to be the one for YESTERDAY, since thats when I posted it. Now, I have this one and Two Door up and Im going to have another very soon, but I told admin that he can delete these two if its a problem. I just want my most recent ones up top, im anal.

TwigTW
November 22nd 2016


3821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

neg - poor math skills



American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story = 1



Gameshow + American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story = 2



SpeakSound
November 22nd 2016


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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NewBallistics
June 12th 2017


882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not sure on the rules on plugs for sites/blogs but I would leave a link in a comment below your review. It looks better than just throwing it at the end.



Your review sounds pretty scatterbrained imo. I would consider posting in the revision forum in the Sput community. Might get some good pointers there.

NewBallistics
June 12th 2017


882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Abstract fucking gets to me though.



Always fun to come back to, love to throw this on when studying or hanging with friends. Really upbeat and chill.

AmericanFlagAsh
June 19th 2017


8917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay okay

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runaways
June 19th 2017


683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Need to give this and MTV another shot. I never was too into this but like everyone else SATURATION blew me away.

AmericanFlagAsh
June 19th 2017


8917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh I should listen to that

50iL
September 22nd 2017


5260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is sick

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TheMrAlexK
September 22nd 2017


11121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Miserable America is such a great song

VaxXi
September 22nd 2017


4415 Comments


Empty and the title track are the best on here

50iL
September 22nd 2017


5260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

T/t does it for me too

wwf
January 31st 2018


6455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The single version of Echo is so, so much better than the album version

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ianblxdsoe
March 9th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

mm miserable america best song here

Clumseee
February 6th 2019


1450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Damn JUST found this. Not really into much rap or RnB outside of Frank. This is pretty good.



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