Brockhampton
SATURATION III


3.5
great

Review

by house cat CONTRIBUTOR (71 Reviews)
December 15th, 2017 | 243 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: fin.

You’re still here"

Looking back on BROCKHAMPTON’s year, it’s not so ridiculous to say that the position we find ourselves in now has been writ ever since hype began to brew in early June. In the months that passed, the group seemed to present their weaknesses as strengths and their strengths as unprecedented. Lyrics that could be considered asinine (“I was sad ‘cause nobody wanna suck my willy”) are instead playful; the chemistry oft praised is discussed by fans like it’s never happened this way before. To an extent, I don’t disagree with either of these points -- if I laugh at a dumb lyric, has it not provided me with some form of entertainment" And can I deny that the alchemy between members is a reason for the band accruing millions of fans in half a year"

Now we’re here, at III, and the only thing preventing this hit-machine from growing stale is the ability to learn from its mistakes. I expressed my reservations in the SAT II review: if BROCKHAMPTON furthered the formula, that being, if they continued to undermine their own momentum with a home stretch of generic RnB songs carried by maj7 chords, they’d border on rote, deja vu evocations overwhelming whatever talent may be on display. So I audibly sighed when TEAM began with Kevin crooning over the same kind of chord progression. But they plant their tongues firmly inside their cheeks: half-way through, the crooning cuts short and the verse reaffirms itself as a mainstay; the funk bass scoffs at what its replaced; Ameer reappears as pissed off as ever; Matt as nonchalant, and we’re left on a low-key ending.

I was glad to hear that subversive side, because from the day I jammed HEAT for the first time, I’ve considered BROCKHAMPTON to be about momentum -- regarding the music itself and the way they carve their own path through pop culture. Indeed, III relishes in its purpose as the final push – it’s a skittish record marked by nervous high hats, all-encompassing bass and an undeniable bombast. Even the samples galvanise; there’s a police siren running through ZIPPER and vocals are characteristically manipulated into textures that make you go: “ok what is this I want more of it cheers”. There are moments on this album that lead me to believe that the members of BROCKHAMPTON would be the first to make ‘over-saturation’ jokes, being self-aware to the point of humour. ”I love my niggas like white people like rap” is the kind of line that seems to be addressed directly at certain denizens of this site. Kevin delivers it in ALASKA, which comes to us in the middle of the tracklist. It, alongside HOTTIE, comprises a middle section that’s surprisingly minimalist without sacrificing any intensity -- an antidote that makes you as dizzy as whatever it’s trying to combat.

The creativity and diversity is worthy of commendation, but the lyrics -- uninspired by immediate comparison -- show BROCKHAMPTON exhausted, treading over the footprints they left on the sand months ago. STAINS addresses the problem (”ya’ll motherfuckers made three albums / still talking about the same shit”), but refuses to own up to it, acknowledging the criticism with a petulant sneer and not a moment of consideration. I’ve heard Ameer pissed off before, I’m pretty sure iterations of the “voices in my head” concept have cropped up in at least four SATURATION-era cuts (counting MILK and BANK off the top), and I sure as shit can infer a drastic upheaval of these guys’ lifestyles without them spelling it out for me every second track. It’d matter less if the boy band weren’t on a crusade -- they’d speak on these themes from refreshing perspectives if they just let the dust settle, but with III I guess we see clearly the sacrifices made for prolificity. If nothing else, it makes for an interesting case study.

But I still agree with our favourite staffer, Rowan; as he so eloquently puts it: “ye they get on my nerves but fuck it the music bangs”. Because it definitely does, and they manage to employ different techniques to make it so with every album. II felt like a collection of sticky hooks, but here, they favour the switch-up, showing two sides to every coin. SISTER/NATION recalls Lorde’s Hard Feelings/Loveless of all things, juxtaposing present successes with past struggles, and BLEACH has its movements bridged by a palm-muted guitar riff and Joba’s silky falsetto. So they still have it; new ideas are proportionate to the amount of group members, and through it all, we’re still here. Boredom should have struck halfway through the last record, but I found myself hanging onto Kevin Abstract’s twitter updates like I was a groupie and BROCKHAMPTON hadn’t released a record in years. But lo, while they may be overzealous and inconsistent and pandering, there’s a certain gratitude reserved for the fact that these people, these dynamics, this electricity, all ended up in the same place at the same time: a trashed and cluttered share-house in California.

It’s over. Go home. Go!



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Comments:Add a Comment 
McMegaMountain
December 15th 2017


268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not quite to the point with it where I'll say it's better than Saturation II, but got damn, it's really friggin good.

verdant
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2017


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hottie is brockhampton's best song and i'm sure the interludes mean more than i am giving them credit for

guitarded_chuck
December 15th 2017


14039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Looking back on BROCKHAMPTON’s year"

dude sat 4 out before new years prob

sixdegrees
December 15th 2017


3058 Comments


I love my niggas like white people like rap

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verdant
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2017


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@chuck "Team Effort" comin out next year dude hahahah

sixdegrees
December 15th 2017


3058 Comments


between this and the 18 new King Wizard Gizzard albums its gonna be one EPIC year

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2017


20381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with this review like a lot, nice work. def a step down, esp in the lyrics department but Johnny and Stain bang so hard, as well as Zipper

KeepTheChange
December 15th 2017


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This group is legendary. I loved every track.







ZombieToyDuck
December 15th 2017


3218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gunna hit this up rn lets see how this goes

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ZombieToyDuck
December 15th 2017


3218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hope it lives up to 2

kingdedethefifth
December 15th 2017


4962 Comments


Awesome review as usual Jack! It will probably be some time before I check any Brockhampton as they don't much sound like my thing but I will eventually!

AsleepInTheBack
December 15th 2017


5336 Comments


fantastic write up jack. I should probably check these guys out now, huh?

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2017


17234 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

BOOGER is my solid pick, with maybe HOTTIE at a push worth a ride, rest wasn't for me

minimus123
December 15th 2017


94 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A review already, yeesh. Will need to listen more but so far liking this more than 2. Each track here sounds more focussed.



1 is still undeniably the best imo

LethalPaintball
December 15th 2017


782 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think i enjoyed this one the least

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TheMrAlexK
December 15th 2017


9149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

2 is so much better than the other two

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cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2017


1953 Comments


dis brockhampton review really rock-hardens my ham, jake

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verdant
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2017


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

EVERYONE: EAT MY JORTS

EaglesBecomeVultures
December 15th 2017


5510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

s2 > s3 > s1

Drifter
December 15th 2017


8647 Comments


Lmao crypto called you jake hahahhahahahahahahaha



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