Post Malone
beerbongs and bentleys


3.0
good

Review

by nigelgrab USER (20 Reviews)
April 27th, 2018 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Following delays and intense hype, Post Malone's sophomore LP delivers some of his best and worst material yet.

Having only released one EP and one full-length previously, Post Malone’s explosion into mainstream popularity has been nothing to scoff at. And it’s not without reason – following ‘White Iverson’ his steady stream of commercially successful singles have demonstrated he's far more than a one hit wonder. After releasing the similarly popular and far better ‘rockstar’, anticipation for his sophomore effort continually grew in intensity. That excitement has paid off to an extent, as Beerbongs and Bentleys is better written, produced and performed than the spotty debut Stoney, though it also carries some below average moments amongst a bloated tracklist.

As expected, Post’s fantastic vocals are a highlight of this record, blending his trademark throaty vibrato, belted choruses and sung-rap flows to great effect. Opening track ‘Paranoid’ demonstrates his range and skill well, with an equally catchy and introspective chorus reminiscent of ‘I Fall Apart’. On ‘Takin’ Shots’. Here, he adopts a Migos-style flow over a minimalist club-worthy beat, which works great except for some cringe inducing lyrics that at one point rhyme “three suns” with “threesome” (yes, really). His voice also shines over an acoustic guitar part on ‘Stay’, which has convinced me of the potential success in a purely acoustic Post Malone project. Even his background vocals are excellent, particularly on ‘Over Now’ where he shows off an underutilised vocal range and impressive grit. The only moments where the vocals fall short are where they stay within Post’s lower register, like on the monotonous single ‘Psycho’.

The features on this album turned out quite nicely for the most part too. Nicki Minaj’s verse on ‘Ball For Me’ carries all of her swagger and thankfully none of her obnoxiousness. G-Eazy and YG also make for an excellent contrast on ‘Same Bitches’, a clear contender for banger of the album. 21 Savage’s verse on ‘rockstar’ is certainly icy and complementary to the beat, but his attempt at the sung rap approach does take on an unflatteringly amateur character. While the album’s features are certainly an improvement over his debut, I’m slightly disappointed that Post abandoned the hinted John Mayer collaboration – while it sounds bizarre on paper, given how well ‘Stay’ turned out it’s a feature that might have made sense.

The instrumentals themselves have also improved significantly since the debut, with a more interesting range of sounds and richer production. This is evident as early as the second track ‘Spoil My Night’, a song similar in style to the previously released ‘Déja Vu’. Here, an off-kilter watery instrumental works fantastically over rumbling bass and percussion, creating an actually engaging blend of tropical pop and Drake-style pop rap. On ‘rockstar’ the dark, minimalist aesthetic works fantastically under Post’s low-key flow, and it’s a sound I’d hoped would be capitalised on more, though ‘Ball For Me’ does fill that criteria to a lesser extent and is certainly a highlight.

However, for all the improvements Beerbongs makes to Post Malone’s sound, it also contains its fair share of missteps. ‘Otherside’ is performed with contagious level of boredom, as though it was actually intended to be a skippable deep cut, though at least it made me retreat to the Red Hot Chili Peppers song. Additionally, while it isn’t a bad song, the now year-old ‘Candy Paint’ feels out of place on Beerbongs, sticking out like a sore thumb near the album’s end. Following this, closing track ‘Sugar Wraith’ sounds grossly similar to ‘Patient’ from his debut, which is nowhere near a good enough song to rip off, and an outright bad conclusion to the album. These songs all could have and probably should have been cut, especially given that this album is eighteen tracks long.

Overall, Beerbongs is a mixed bag. While the batch of songs here is generally better than on Stoney, there’s still an inconsistency of quality that’s only made more obvious by the album’s unnecessary length. Post has proven here that his voice is fantastic and that it’s well-suited both to acoustic and hip hop instrumentation, but he’s already shown this skill on his debut and in live performances. Beerbongs contains a fair few highlights, and is definitely a promising progression, but how Post changes his sound from here will likely determine whether he keeps his massive popularity in years to come.



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nigelgrab
April 27th 2018


154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Briefly I accidentally posted this as a new album entry apparently whoops

But yeah the album's not bad, definitely hasn't fixed his inconsistency problem though. Curious to know how people are receiving this as it's still quite early

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2018


121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

i cringed quite aggressively during “Zack and Codeine” and “Jonestown,” and G-Eazy has the worst ad-lib game of anybody rapping rn

smaugman
April 27th 2018


4905 Comments


Post malone is nasty

iChuckles
April 27th 2018


276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

5 tracks in so far and this is a huge step up from Stoney, the instrumentals vibe hard yo.

Toad
April 27th 2018


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

some of these lyrics are hilariously bad but the vibes are good

Toad
April 27th 2018


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

also those recommendations are so random

Prancer
April 27th 2018


926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

is 18 tracks really necessary?

Darius the Great
April 27th 2018


19762 Comments


Is the rest of the album as good as Rockstar generally?

onionbubs
April 27th 2018


10820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is ok. rlly inconsistent and doesnt need to be this long but its got some tunes

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Faraudo
April 27th 2018


2654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, the closer is probably one of his best songs.

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amchec
April 27th 2018


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely some peaks and valleys, but the album flows surprisingly well (aside from the soar thumb of “Candypaint” and a couple other awkward transitions). It’s a vibin album in the truest sense.



“Stay” is probably my favorite track. I would love that acoustic project.

atokad432
April 27th 2018


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

definitely some highlights, but this shit is sooooo tedious. The lyrical content is so shallow that the non-standouts are hardly worth listening to more than once.

Doctuses
April 28th 2018


1881 Comments


hey where the fuck is that fuckwad who reviews kid rocks albums daily, it's been like 3 days and I am jonesing

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2018


56353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dude needs to stop mumbling



a hippo gone psycho i'm on the bed like michael can't really trust nobody with all this jewish onions

deathschool
April 28th 2018


23272 Comments


Garbage rapper.

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GVIA
April 28th 2018


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is pretty long, and definitely has some less than stellar songs. Still, it's very well produced, post Malone showcases some interesting vocal styles and some great aesthetic sensibility.



It's clearly a very above average pop album, and people reviewing this with basis on rapper ability, or lyrics depth, or album composition, or (...), are missing the point. Album just sounds great and that's all that was asked from him. Once again, emphasis on this: It sounds fantastic. Stunning, we'll crafted chorus surrounded by tasteful instrumentals. And post Malone in his neckbeard basement dweller self does give us some honesty into words that, mumbled by anyone else, would be probably meaningless. The song Better Now portrays this perfectly. Another incredible highlight in Stay, this emo power ballad (?) has lasting power showing the strengths of the production crew and Malone's personality.



Will Post Malone get away using the same formula? No way Jose. But for now all an honest music critic can say is 'congratulations'.

joshrhodes
April 28th 2018


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

he had a mixtape not an EP btw

Source
April 28th 2018


8686 Comments


Hey look, more anti cover art. Is that the cool thing for rappers to do now?

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nigelgrab
April 28th 2018


154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I reckon he'll get away with the same formula a little longer but he'd probably be advised to change it up and maybe go for some more rock-oriented sounds in future projects. It's pretty obvious that's where his passion is, and he performs so much better that way.

BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2018


2762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"people reviewing this with basis on rapper ability, or lyrics depth, or album composition, or (...), are missing the point" -- I understand and appreciate this sentiment, but I think it'd be awfully boring if we only ever judged music on the artist's terms. It's also impossible in most cases: it requires you to somehow enter their brain of the musician and ascertain their intent, "the point" of their work. I think you have a point with this album in particular -- it's pretty self-evident what it's going for -- but that shouldn't trump subjective critique. Also, there are plenty of albums that can be appreciated for reasons totally unintended by their creators, and likewise you don't have to enjoy something just because an artist executed it in the way they intended. (I'd go so far as to say this is the case with most if not all albums, to varying extents.)

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