Brockhampton
Iridescence


5.0
classic

Review

by Nathaniel USER (31 Reviews)
October 26th, 2018 | 12 replies


Release Date: 09/21/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Praise God, Hallelujah! I'm still depressed!

On paper, Brockhampton shouldn’t work. A collective of diverse kids who met online wanting to go in all directions at once. Visual art. Film. And music. All under the name Brockhampton. And to tell you the truth, it’s a big fucking mess. No one song is stylistically consistent all the way through, no one video tells a coherent narrative. Not even the verses mesh together logically most of the time, only strung together by the thinnest of connections. “Iridescence” is just this musical quilt of anything they could find, incorporating, pop, RnB, alternative, Hip-hop. But you know that. By this time, we’re familiar with the music. We’re familiar with the concepts. We all know that logically, Brockhampton should not work. There are too many factors at play. And yet, the everything just fucking works. There are moments of pure genius all over this 48-minute experience when everything all comes together and it kicks you in the chest down the street. There’re lines here that I want to scream at the next show, bouncing with the crowd. There are parts of the album that I’ll rewind over and over just to hear the same 30 second snippet for that perfect moment. Words that I’ll fantasize getting tattooed on my skin, but in reality will just make my Instagram bio. I can’t get over some of these songs. Without my permission, they’re writing themselves into my DNA. Or maybe It’s without my being aware.

We know the names. We know the faces. Joba. Kevin. Dom. Matt. Cieran. Merlyn. We know who they are. They kicked out a close friend because they found out he was an awful human being. But we don’t know who they really are. To be honest, we don’t need to know. They owe us nothing. But they still gift us this music. Truth is, I’m jealous of them. They have this tight friendship with each other that I’ve never had and probably will never have. All I can do is live vicariously through them. Letting people who I probably will never will meet articulate feelings I didn’t know I have, buried under bravado and sex and fame and parties and friendship that I’ll never experience. I know we’re supposed to be objective with reviewing, but sometimes, that shit just ain’t possible. Because sometimes there are albums that’ll come around and make you feel all of the feelings, and you can’t control which albums will do that. Taste is subjective. The only objective thing about music is that it touches everyone. I did not expect to need, let alone love this album. Because if you look at everything added together, the very concept of Brockhampton, and by extension “Iridescence,” is a total fucking mess. But I’m a mess too. So it fucking works. The last line of the album is “I feel you”. Those three words hit me the hardest. Because for that short 48 minutes, I only felt them. I felt, for once in my life, included.



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theNateman
October 26th 2018


3803 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Felt cute. might delete later.

Drifter
October 26th 2018


16228 Comments


lmaooooo

Ninjahague
October 26th 2018


1531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

100000 iq plays on avoiding the swear filter gets a pos in it's own right

Pheromone
October 26th 2018


7351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

'and to tell you the truth, it’s a big fucking mess'



you can say that again!

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Tyler.
October 26th 2018


17518 Comments


https://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/image.php?u=1069728&dateline=1540597559

Pheromone
October 27th 2018


7351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

idk tyler bro, your av is pre similar



aesthetically!

Ninjahague
October 27th 2018


1531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bullied by the upperclassman again

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2018


42703 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

this was a wholesome read idc bout the haters



this album hangs together so fuckin well

YungSadgod
October 27th 2018


22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I fucking love this "review". It isn't even a proper one, it's a mess, really. But so is BROCKHAMPTON, and so am I. Got me legitimately emotional and described my feelings perfectly.



But why refer to Bearface as Cieran and Kevin and Joba not as Ian and Russel?

Chambered79
October 28th 2018


437 Comments


Well at least you're passionate about it!

theNateman
October 28th 2018


3803 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"I fucking love this "review". It isn't even a proper one, it's a mess"



Well there are already a half dozen "proper" reviews of this and this was something I felt compelled to write.



"But why refer to Bearface as Cieran and Kevin and Joba not as Ian and Russel?"



Because fuck you thats why. I liked the way it sounded when I read it using Joba and Kevin.

YungSadgod
November 20th 2018


22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Well if you're gonna go in at me for saying it's a mess and for criticising the minor dud of not using uniform real or uniform stage names I'm just gonna delete my comment and go on my merry way. Way to ignore how it got to me and focus on the negatives.



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