Earl Sweatshirt and The Alchemist
Voir Dire


5.0
classic

Review

by owl beanie EMERITUS
October 18th, 2023 | 80 replies


Release Date: 08/25/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: waiting for godot ass album

every time i listen to The Earl of Sweatshirt i end up feeling like words are colours or collages or like gaussian blurs of memory, and are impossibly insufficient when it comes to communicating our individual depths of spirit or feeling but also words are God and/or Love and/or The Greatest and Only Proof Against Solipsism We Have. i don't know if The Alchemist is a real person but i do know that putting a high pass filter on a soul beat is always going to trigger "nostalgia" in me -- which is a word that explains a feeling so abstract its different for everybody the way dreaming is different for everybody. oh there we go. Earl Sweatshirt and The Alchemist along with Mike and Vince Staples (on occasion) make an album that is like sap. it leaks, percolates into gaps: the gap between consciousness and subconscious, night/day, joie de vive/joie de ***-it-all (i don't know the french term for this feeling); playing on life's loading screen as the little percentage bar counts upwards and the flavour text underneath it reads something like "remember you can customise your avatar at any time but doing so in certain ways may prevent certain NPCs from joining your party in future!" anyway so but voir dire means "speak the truth" which i think the truth is often stumbled upon accidentally through the clumsy praxis of speech: making thoughts and feelings real -- tangible -- by plucking them from the obfuscating storm of id and making them into words. rap is such a stream-of-consciousness thing a lot of the time and here the initial confusion of like, "what the *** is Earl saying?" as juxtaposed against the eventual "oh there we go" moment is such a pure distillation of the truth-finding process that listening to this album is like talking to a friend about having this phobia of shadows and then suddenly having an epiphany mid-conversation about this time when you were four years old and you saw a guy's silhouette disintegrating in your bedroom window and reassembling on the carpet by the foot of your bed. that's just the vibe though. if you want to look at it in a different, more effervescent way, last week i went on a little road trip to a nearby beach town and climbed across rock pools and craggy promontories until i got to this hidden beach. the trek was actually pretty painful and scary because i wasn't wearing shoes and the rocks were all striated and sharp like thick quilts made of eroded fossilized bones. but when i got to the beach and let the water ribbon around my ankles and the utter crystalline silence flood my brain i felt like i fit perfectly into the gaps of the world. this album is the beach in this analogy, but it's also very much me hurting my feet on rocks because i forgot my sneakers in the car. i definitely put too much cbd oil in this hazelnut spread sanmbdwich



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WatchItExplode
October 18th 2023


10471 Comments


Compelling...must listen

Shemson
October 18th 2023


4156 Comments


I like this a lot
It’s like a chill companion piece to Scaring The Hoes

AlexKzillion
October 18th 2023


17432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

love this review, love this album, much prefer this to sick!

Snake.
October 18th 2023


25285 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this was so so so so so so so mid

SteakByrnes
October 18th 2023


29988 Comments


hi jack

AlexKzillion
October 18th 2023


17432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

bruh why is this album censored on spotify lmao

Jash
October 18th 2023


5002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Very mid indeed

Conmaniac
October 18th 2023


27694 Comments


don't have my hopes up but the first track was decent fs

FREETHEGUYS
October 18th 2023


463 Comments


this some real rap head music. nothin not to like about this if you’re a purist. I’m not one but I still enjoy this a bit. smooth rappin over smooth beats. alchemist is very good at what he does, and this is a lot more enjoyable than earls been the past years for me

botb
October 18th 2023


17980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The vince/earl tracks are 10/10. Literally begging alchemist to put more drums in his loops though

verdant
Emeritus
October 18th 2023


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hi steak

verdant
Emeritus
October 18th 2023


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i don't know much about alchemist but most of the time i say "this sounds like an alchemist beat" it usually is so

botb
October 18th 2023


17980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He also released that wiki/Mike album around the same time as this, I actually like the production on that better, this is definitely woozier

Hawks
October 18th 2023


89439 Comments


Can't wait to hear this.

verdant
Emeritus
October 18th 2023


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

woah hawks is still here

Hawks
October 18th 2023


89439 Comments


Bruh I've been active every day here for like the past 3 months lmao.

verdant
Emeritus
October 18th 2023


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

mm i haven't. this might be a me issue

MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2023


3047 Comments


love this review you lush purveyor of /feelings/ you. haven't entirely made my mind up on the album, but Earl is so thoroughly cloaked in Poet Status that it's impossible for me to dislike anything that involves him rappin words. particularly enjoy the way he fuckin rodeo-rides some unruly multi-syllabic patterns on this without his storytelling/feelingsharing falling to the wayside at all

unclereich
October 19th 2023


12106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's true, I'm tryna capture the moment that I had drums on it like popcorn, was a bad dude

Hit a few extra laps 'cause I wanna act a ass like POTUS blue notes, not standards

New hunnid glues




https://youtu.be/r4NmtSrqtvI?t=18



aoty

MillionDead
October 19th 2023


5342 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Earl is a rap genius. I think he has a TPAB level album in him that he hasn't made yet. Personally, this record is incredibly safe for him and Alchy both though he has some great bars littered throughout, as always.



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