Review Summary: A good rapper does something different.
I'll start this review off by pointing out how underrated this album is. When this album originally came out, everyone felt like they were supposed to hate it, including me. I didn't consider myself a fan of Kid Cudi during that time, and only until about a year ago I realized how good of a musician he truly is. Still, this is far from his best release, and it's certainly his most inconsistent album to date, however there's a lot to love about these tracks.
"Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven" was released in 2015 as Kid Cudi's first album outside of the rap genre. This is mostly an Alternative Rock album, with a few lo-fi moments, and tracks that can very well fall under the Punk Rock, Experimental and even Grunge category. Cudi's fans can usually agree that his vocal delivery varies from singing to rapping at the drop of a hat, which isn't an unusual skill for contemporary pop artists these days. Cudi clearly isn't used to the vocal style he's delivering on these tracks, making for an interesting performance.
The album starts off with "Edge of the Earth", a catchy little chord progression made into an incredibly dark lo-fi track with quiet vocals from Cudi, leading straight into "Post Mortem Boredom" (on the same track). This track transition is one of the biggest problems I have with this album. They could have easily been two great stand-alone songs untouched in the tracklist, but they're put together into one awkward track that is incredibly underappreciated. The dynamic of the two tracks simply don't have enough compatibility to be next to each other.
The second track "Confused!" is the first single released for the album, and it's a damn banger. The guitars are mixed well, Cudi's grunge vocals pair amazingly with the vibe the instrumental gives off. "Man in the Night" is pretty great but it could have been shorter, "Screwed" is one of the best experimental tracks on the record with an excellent structure and musical ideas executed perfectly. "Fade 2 Red" is a pretty chaotic punk track which is 100% good. "Adventures" used to be my absolute favorite track, but that title has been passed to the last three tracks. I have no clue what people mean when they criticize the lyrics on "Adventures". They're a little silly, but they tell a great story of Cudi's warfare inside of his mind.
"The Nothing" has a nice instrumental, but as a track it doesn't work at all. Easily one of the worst tracks."Amen" has some good ideas but they're executed pretty horribly. "Handle with Care" is the most unique track on the album, in a great way. Cudi's signature humming sounds perfect on this track, and mixed with the autotune and minimal reverb, it sounds so good. The stand-alone acoustic guitar has a great sound, provided by the decision of recording this album on tape, rather than digitally. "Judgmental Cunt" is as good as you'd expect, godlike bass line, amazing guitars, possibly the best vocals from Cudi on the entire album. He just sounds so inspired to make a great unique album. "Séance Chaos" is a slightly enjoyable track if you're in a mood for noisecore, or just some nonsensical experimental rock, but it's certainly one of the least memorable tracks. "Fairy Tale Remains" sucks. "Wedding Tux" is a great folk track by Cudi with a perfect instrumental. "Angered Kids" is just bad. "Red Sabbath" is another track that drags the same guitar chord on and on without doing much with the instrumental.
Yes, the last three tracks of Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven (the first disc of course) are the best. Easily the best songs Cudi has ever written. "Fuchsia Butterflies" is 100% perfect, leading straight into the heart-wrenching title track. Personally I do believe that it's a godlike song, however the acoustic demo on the second disc is a lot more replayable personally. Then the album comes to an end with "Embers", an absolutely beautiful closer with some of the best lyrics on the album.
So yeah, if you like the albums in the recommended tab, then I would recommend giving this a listen with open ears. Albums like these don't come out all the time. Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven is a solid 8/10