XXXTENTACION
Skins


2.0
poor

Review

by Mason USER (58 Reviews)
December 15th, 2018 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Half-baked by X's own standards, and an unfortunate swansong as a result.

As of late, record companies have been doing everything they can to profit off the deaths of various musicians. First, it was Lil Peep with the release of Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, this time around it’s XXXTENTACION with Skins. It’s not a surprise, considering that major labels have been known to fool around with artists for ages, regardless of the genre in which they perform in, but something about this just feels wrong. It feels particularly immoral here since a dead musician cannot exactly have any say in the distribution of the content they made while they were alive. They also cannot reap the benefits of the release in any way, but the same could be said about label disputes such as that of Avenged Sevenfold v. Warner Brothers a few years prior. Regardless, this is yet another example of corporations exploiting those that work for them, which is nothing new.

Skins derives heavily from previous material; “Guardian Angel” in particular feels like a rework of “Jocelyn Flores”, for example. I’m usually one to give more credence to the man’s work, as 17 was a solid offering despite an obvious lack of polish, but something tells me that were he still alive, this project would not be nearly as half-baked as it is. Even by X’s standards, this is far from finished, and it shows. Aside from the abysmal “One Minute”, nothing here really stands out from his other material, and even that track gives off a Members Only or Revenge vibe to an extent. At not even 20 minutes, it’s interesting to note that Skins is not considered an EP, despite hitting the necessary criteria to be seen as one.

As expected, the lyrics and vocal performances are typical of X fare; one minute he’s in a seething rage and out for blood, and another he’s depressed and self-loathing. Prior to his untimely death, he had primarily shifted his focus to the latter, but the former still comes out at times, particularly in the aforementioned “One Minute”, where he screams his head off after a lengthy verse from Kanye West. Lead single “BAD!” features some of the corniest lines that he’s penned, comparing a “bad” girl to swearing in the least creative way he can. “Guardian Angel” feels somewhat like a spiritual successor to “Jocelyn Flores” in its lyrical content, coinciding with his use of reversed samples of that track. It’s unfortunate that this may be his swansong unless the record labels find another way to exploit him, but I suppose that’s just the way life goes.



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AgentDeathbat
December 14th 2018


10021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Here's your Skins review.

Green Baron
December 14th 2018


24623 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This sucked, but it’s still better than anything Lil Peep ever made



the moral of the story, I guess, is fuck Lil Peep so hard

AgentDeathbat
December 14th 2018


10021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I dig Peep, honestly. Nothing I'd want to jam too often, but he was far better than X. 17 was the closest X got to Peep.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2018


16440 Comments


This won't make it to my aoty, me thinks.

Good review Agent.

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AgentDeathbat
December 14th 2018


10021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

@Dewi: The ? album somehow managed to miss my top 20 worst of the year, but this is on my worst list I'll be putting out at some point.

DarkSideOfLucca
December 14th 2018


14816 Comments


I'm guessing this rules

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2018


16440 Comments


Riffs ahrd

AgentDeathbat
December 14th 2018


10021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

m/ m/ m/

Thalassic
December 14th 2018


3062 Comments


This is the album that separates the trve from the posers

DarkSideOfLucca
December 14th 2018


14816 Comments


Is the production anything like early Darkthrone?

xfearbefore
December 14th 2018


1858 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nah far more in line with Venom's Japanese import stuff.

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DarkSideOfLucca
December 14th 2018


14816 Comments


ok cool im gonna get this on vinyl, hope you guys aren't lying

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2018


16440 Comments


You'll 5 it no doubt.

xfearbefore
December 14th 2018


1858 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

amusingly enough there actually totally is some metal influence in Staring at the Sky.



There's little bits and pieces here and there that are good on this, that show promise, but it's ruined by how half baked and totally unfinished it sounds. It sounds like they forgot half the fucking album and mix. I actually liked some of X's music a good bit but this is just weak as fuck.

AgentDeathbat
December 14th 2018


10021 Comments

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[2]

Kompys2000
December 14th 2018


3034 Comments


Hey it's the dead guy who beat his girlfriend cool shit

AgentDeathbat
December 14th 2018


10021 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

hahaha....yeah.....

xfearbefore
December 15th 2018


1858 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not sure what you're talking about man, this is an XXXTENTACION record, not a John Lennon record.

Kompys2000
December 15th 2018


3034 Comments


If you're going to be an abuser it helps to not also suck extreme amounts of shit as a musician

Sinternet
December 15th 2018


19927 Comments


'This sucked, but it’s still better than anything Lil Peep ever made'

so fucking incorrect



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