Lil Yachty
Let's Start Here.


3.8
excellent

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
February 2nd, 2023 | 161 replies


Release Date: 01/27/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Caring without the care.

Let me just be upfront and say it: if you need the albums you love to be above reproach, pristine and flawless and able to withhold any scrutiny, Let's Start Here. is not the rollercoaster you're looking for. "Don't ask no questions on the ride", Yachty implores us in his inimitable wail near the beginning on the album, and that feels like as good advice as any I can give. Let's Start Here. is messy, ridiculous, admirable in its ambition and absolutely insane in its execution. If the albums you love are loved because you get tangled in the weeds with them, be absolutely baffled by them and come out wondering what the hell you liked about them, time to go in for another spin to find out? Then, hop up on the ride and keep those damn questions to yourself.

With that out of the way, yes, Lil Yachty - took the wok to Poland, Lil Boat Lil Yachty, the very same - has made a psychedelic pop album. By the end of the opening three song-stretch, he's not-so-subtly homaged "The Great Gig in the Sky", paid generous tribute to Kid Cudi and engineered a funky neo-soul cut that wouldn't be out of place on Tyler, the Creator's IGOR. It just gets wilder from there, until the artist we used to know as rapper Lil Yachty is referencing fucking "Pyramid Song" by Radiohead on the final track. Let's Start Here. owes equal credit to the exploratory spirit of The Love Below-era Andre, Pink Floyd, that one Tame Impala remix Yachty was actually on, and Cudi (the early material such as "All Along" and "love.", where the singer's technically bad performance seemed to matter less than the feeling and musical quality).

Reconciling all these laneways would be a hell of a job for the most experienced city planner, and Yachty is taking his first steps here into brave but uneven new ground. That's a pleasant way of saying Let's Start Here. is a goddamn mess, in a way that reads as either charming or infuriating depending on how sincere you believe Yachty is with his intentions here. Songs dramatically morph shape and tone about every two minutes, something that's exciting when the song began badly (grunge offcut "The Alchemist." is a real example here) and incomprehensibly frustrating when the reverse is true. There's a syrupy spoken word interlude, clunky lyrics and offkey vocal performances.

That scrutiny I mentioned earlier is starting to seem like a withering daylight, but damn if Let's Start Here. doesn't make me want to love it somehow. By virtue of how big a departure it is; by how much Yachty clearly does love the material he's homaging; by that stretch midway through, from "WE SAW THE SUN!" to the ungodly catchy "sHouLd i B?" where everything really does come into focus and the album briefly but beautifully clicks into place. Maybe the inevitable backlash will scare Lil Yachty back into the hallowed halls of SoundCloud fame, but I seriously doubt it. Something about Let's Start Here. is made with such... if not quite care, than caring, that you can't help but come away believing Yachty will try it again. And next time, with a little more focus and steadier ground, he might just make something everybody can love.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2023


47726 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

ok not hip-hop at all but this counts because I say so. it's okay to enjoy this guys I promise you

taxidermist
February 2nd 2023


7265 Comments


I took the wooooooOOOOOOOck to pO0o0Oolaaaaaaand

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2023


10267 Comments


Wonderful write up.

rhinocerosmilk
February 2nd 2023


198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man for the next one I hope he gets the turntables out and goes psychedelic with the scratching.

tectactoe
February 2nd 2023


7439 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, mediocre album.

Slex
February 2nd 2023


16647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

His vocals and lyrics are impossible to look past unfortunately

DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2023


4973 Comments


Was waiting for this review and it's a good one. Album didn't impress me like it has some, but I can see why it's exciting for a lot of people, a lot of it seems to be the surprise nature of the thing. I'm going to take this all in again soon but it's sitting at a light 3 for me

MarsKid
Emeritus
February 2nd 2023


21035 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty smooth stuff thus far

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2023


18908 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

great writing as usual Row, gonna have to check this out for myself eventually

pjquinones747
February 2nd 2023


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album has actually blown me away. looking like a top 10 for 2023 already

tectactoe
February 2nd 2023


7439 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

People keep overstating exactly how much "rock" is in this album and I'm not sure if they're being intentionally flippant or if they really think this what psychedelic rock sounds like.

pjquinones747
February 2nd 2023


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^yeah the psychadelic/stoner rock comps are very overblown. its mainly track 1 and then some similar sounding sections throughout but the bulk of the album is more reminiscent of radiohead and the other similarly-departed artists like tyler, frank ocean, and denzel curry in varying degrees

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2023


47726 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

y'all ain't ready to hear this but the vocals are really what set this apart from every throwback psych thingo with a charisma void British guy on vox who thinks he's dave gilmour

foxblood
February 2nd 2023


11159 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

worst vocals I've ever heard

BigTuna
February 2nd 2023


5907 Comments


I unironically think Poland is a bop, does this sound anything like Poland

nipplehair
February 2nd 2023


93 Comments


This album is hot garbage

gryndstone
February 2nd 2023


2768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it definitely sets it apart but sometimes its just fucking bad and I can't pretend otherwise

Colton
February 2nd 2023


15427 Comments


this album spawns gatekeepers like nothing else I love it

Trebor.
Emeritus
February 2nd 2023


59903 Comments


Everything this guy has done is trash so that average rating is kinda sus

Colton
February 2nd 2023


15427 Comments


why are you xbox turtle



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