XXXTENTACION
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2.5
average

Review

by Finn Baker USER (39 Reviews)
March 19th, 2018 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: X's manifesto against the question-mark bug.

In this environment, it is obviously very difficult to remain as objective as possible while listening to XXXTentacion. He has been accused of truly horrendous things, and the lyrical content in many of his songs makes it even harder to ignore that. He was on the receiving end of so much reasonable hate, and this torrent of negative feedback has likely pushed him to change his style to something more palatable. In the recent past, he referred to his debut album '17' as his “collection of nightmares, thoughts, and real live situations [he has] lived”. This new album starts out in a fashion that is exactly alike. You, the listener, are still entering his mind. Starting out an album with an explanation as to why everyone should like it is an absolutely terrible idea. It is not avant-garde, nor experimental, merely a foolish gambit from an equally-foolish person. That’s why I refuse to let that play into my rating. I don’t expect him to be adept in professionalism or to have a refined presentation this early into his career, let alone his life. He only needs to be analyzed on sound and lyricism alone.

ALONE, PART 3 is a decent song. The lyrics are emotionally plain, accompanied by a safe and mellow beat with acoustic guitar. There’s a surprising amount of songs that sound ‘safe’ in comparison to some of X’s most popular tracks. While he still tends to mumble, his lyrics are no longer hiding behind a thick veil of completely blown-out frequencies. The following songs, Moonlight and SAD!, also refuse to present themselves as anything other than simple. Repetitive lyrics (”All alone, call my phone, make me feel right/Girl you know when you call, make me feel right”) are delivered in a very soft tone. Any screaming that does happen on this album is minimal, and only appear when X actually wants to do something off the beaten path. That mindset does bring this project down quite a lot, because the sounds of roaring drums and squealing certainly have nothing to do with the rest of the songs. The album is inconsistent to the hilt.

A shining example of that mercurial sound would be Pain = BESTFRIEND which features, of all people, Travis Barker. It begins with more acoustic guitar playing and crooning, followed by drumming that stops a couple miles short of being intense, as well as incomprehensible shouting from X. Any sort of a buildup to this moment is not present, so the change is jarring and unwarranted. In fact, that word could classify many of the songs on this album. Unwarranted. No one either expected or desired X to create a song called I don’t even speak spanish lol, the majority of which is sung in Spanish by someone who is definitely not him. The piano ballad that goes by the title changes does not sound awful to my ears, but it’s extremely confusing. Hope is dedicated to the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last month. A nice sentiment, but now this album is automatically dated. Something that could arguably topple all of these examples is NUMB, which is a plain-and-simple rock song, completely removed from the aesthetic this artist provided for himself before.

X does not know what he wants to be when he grows up. He can occasionally display his lyrical fairness and acceptable flow. Other times, he will ditch that style entirely to sing over a guitar, or yell into a microphone until the audio clips. It loses gold star stickers, not because it sounds outrageously bad, but because there are 10 different styles being tried out at the same time. None of them are very commendable. This does not conjure very much excitement for whatever he decides to do in the future.



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Toad
March 19th 2018


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

on the first album, we learned that xxx can't finish a song

on the second, he couldn't even finish the album title

Asdfp277
March 19th 2018


19457 Comments


fuck the ? bug

pos

Gyromania
March 19th 2018


26490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha great review. Love the in-joke. Won't register with any newcomers, but it's much appreciated

necropig
March 19th 2018


5061 Comments


Melon shaved his mustache for this one

Digging: Mo'ynoq - Dreaming in a Dead Language

dfevil085
March 19th 2018


1339 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"He has been accused of truly horrendous things"

Did I miss something? I know this guy is super dramatic.

IcelandRevel
March 19th 2018


920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/xxxtentacions-reported-victim-details-grim-pattern-of-abuse-in-testimony/

rabidfish
March 19th 2018


4618 Comments


dude's a bitch, and an overall bad person.

Digging: Aunt Mary - ...A Lot More Than Just an Ordinary Ping Pong Ball

Presence
March 20th 2018


92 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review but thought album was decent at best. Lol Apple labeled the album as pop

And isn’t wrong. Also that Matt Ox feature is goat.

alienobserver
March 20th 2018


4495 Comments


that summary lol

SomeGuyDude
March 20th 2018


373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel like the only guy who liked how scattershot this album is. The chaos of it is part of the appeal.

MyShadow
March 20th 2018


773 Comments


matt ox feature is good but thats rly it

JohnDillinger
March 20th 2018


236 Comments


this is fucking trash wtf

Prancer
March 20th 2018


921 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wouldn't mind the genre hopping if the album flowed in the least bit. I would say he should make more music like Floor 555, but the guy is a piece of shit so I can't say I want to hear anything more from him.

dfevil085
March 20th 2018


1339 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Just read the article.

Yeah, fuck this guy.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2018


24306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

555 is something else. some realllllly poppy shit on here but some of it works tbh. some bi-polar stuff too but that's to be expected. def objectively more of a complete project than 17

CaimanJesus
March 20th 2018


3739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Forgot Matt Ox existed until I listened to this last week

IcelandRevel
March 20th 2018


920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I honestly think that about 50% of the 1s on this come from the hate against X as a person. If what he is accused of is true (and that's very likely) he absolutely deserves that hate. But aside from that, listening to this just for a musical value isn't awful.

Asdfp277
March 20th 2018


19457 Comments


i think it's 33% the allegations, 33% the music, 33% how annoying it is that him as a meme was everywhere on 3edgy5me meme pages

neekafat
March 20th 2018


13943 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/xxxtentacions-reported-victim-details-grim-pattern-of-abuse-in-testimony/"

No real interest in given this a listen anymore

Sniff
March 21st 2018


5263 Comments


that summary though



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