Kendrick Lamar
DAMN. Collector's Edition


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by ConcubinaryCode USER (14 Reviews)
December 10th, 2017 | 127 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: DUMB.

It has been eight months since the release of Damn and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t end up one of my most played albums of the year in that time. Kendrick abandoned the jazz influenced, narrative driven nuance of To Pimp A Butterfly, to create a more modern hip hop sound focusing each song on a its own idea instead of spending an entire album fleshing out a singular feeling. This created an uneven quality throughout the album, making the quality tracks shine against some underdeveloped tracks that felt like they didn’t realize their potential or meander away from the bigger picture of its theme. Yet while Damn isn’t my favorite Kendrick album, it’s hard to dispute how solid an album Kendrick did put out. The album has pushed him into greater heights of stardom than ever before, both critically and commercially, even earning Kendrick a spot on Forbes’ top 30 under 30 list as well as several Grammy nominations.

Just recently, a collector’s edition of the album has been released with the only sole selling point being the track listing has been reversed. When Damn finally did release after much anticipation, there was much rumblings about a second surprise album being dropped. After said album failed to materialize, fan theory led to the case being that the second album was just Damn in reverse. I can see Kendrick himself being caught up in the excitement himself as he even mentions this very theory, saying that it is a different way of listening to it while not outright saying it’s the definitive way of listening to the album.

Regardless, we still have the mirrored album presented to us for purchase and as a product meant to be sold, the collector’s edition of Damn seems almost offensive to charge for. The whole point of this album ruins what the original album sets out to do. For someone who prides himself on how his albums flow, Lamar’s album doesn’t work as well as its straightforward doppelganger. The collector’s edition starts out playing the more intricate, insightful tracks first, followed by the bombastic singles in the latter half, crippling any sense of buildup, flow, or payoff. Ending the album with BLOOD. seems like a hilarious oversight that should’ve been one of the very first things to fix if you were to go for a reverse set list. You’re essentially following up the high energy of DNA, meant to build up to for the rest of the album, with little more than a slow opening track that makes no sense to end as a closer. The very last thing you’d hear on this album is a voice clip from Fox News lambasting Kendrick’s music. If there ever was a belief that this album was meant to be played in reverse, the least that could have been done was some omissions to patch up these narrative holes, but that comes at the cost of neutering the product from its initial vision anyway. Artistically, this release makes no sense.

Financially speaking, I can see this release meant to take advantage of more time in the limelight following all the year-end award ceremonies, giving it more life amongst the general public. Labels put out deluxe editions all the time after all, and this is just another revenue stream for that. But this is just the worst way to listen to the album and doesn’t offer anything you couldn’t do with the shuffle button. I don’t think this was ever the intended way to listen to Damn. I doubt that this hiccup will affect the standing of the well-established rapper, but as Kendrick himself ponders on the album, fear of losing it all might come one day and this mistake would be the first of many as his artistic desires take a backseat to financial gain.



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ConcubinaryCode
December 10th 2017


4611 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

i hope i dont sound to hyperbolic but this release is pretty DUMB.

Papa Universe
December 10th 2017


20988 Comments


MONEY.

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Papa Universe
December 10th 2017


20988 Comments


REVIEW.

Tyler.
December 10th 2017


16824 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

1.0

BlackMalachite
December 10th 2017


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

So is it finally okay to hate Kendrick Lamar now without having people breathe down my neck?

TheCynic
December 10th 2017


120 Comments


I thought people were being LE TROLL XD when they wanted me to put this on my 'Search For The Worst 1/5' list

SteakByrnes
December 10th 2017


14732 Comments


Holy cash grab

Good review

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Valkoor952
December 10th 2017


2609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

1's unite

BlackMalachite
December 10th 2017


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Not quite the WORST cash grab I've ever seen (Warner Bros trying to literally end A7X's career was and will always be the worst one), but this is pretty greedy.

TheMrAlexK
December 10th 2017


10912 Comments


Some of you guys are taking this release just a tiny bit too seriously lmao

someguest
December 10th 2017


29904 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

you've lost



your life



*pop*

TheMrAlexK
December 10th 2017


10912 Comments


Like lmao how many people do you guys believe are unironically gonna buy this when anyone with a fucking brain knows you can just make a playlist and get the exact same thing?

BlackMalachite
December 10th 2017


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"Like lmao how many people do you guys believe are gonna unironically gonna buy this when anyone with a fucking brai-"

Stopped you right there at "anyone with a fucking brain" for obvious reasons, a good portion of Kendrick's mainstream audience just doesn't have a brain.

Spec
December 10th 2017


35678 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What a giant asshole.

someguest
December 10th 2017


29904 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Like lmao how many people do you guys believe are unironically gonna buy this when anyone with a fucking brain knows you can just make a playlist and get the exact same thing?




BUT MAN IT'S A COLLECTOR'S EDITION



BIG WORDS

MyShadow
December 10th 2017


777 Comments


snide thats a good take and i aint jokin

so literally to listen to this i gotta put it in reverse and the only even slightly redeeemable song will be at the end? no thanks

onionbubs
December 10th 2017


11409 Comments


.BMUD

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TheMrAlexK
December 10th 2017


10912 Comments


I mean it's pretty obvious that he's just playing into the joke. You think the guy who made gkmc and tpab, two of the most ambitious and cohesive concept albums in recent memory, honestly believes that this album makes any sense in reverse? Or made the album with that idea in mind in the first place? Wow okay

someguest
December 10th 2017


29904 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I mean he does think he's Tupac 2.0



which is fine and all

SteakByrnes
December 10th 2017


14732 Comments


Just because he's a smart individual doesn't mean he can't make stupid decisions



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