It almost hit like a break-up: dropping on Friday with only a few weeks' warning, and trailed initially by cryptic messages on social media. The sound, too - the gentle, often classical instrumentation, the languorous pace, an absence of major keys - has a strong aural association with love lost. But looking closer, the songwriter's sophomore effort explores themes that are more messy.
There is a coldness to 6lack's love letters that skips beyond the glacial ice chunks he's chucking stones at in the video for single "Nonchalant." Throughout the East Atlanta trap singer's icy second go-round, hearts get broken, lies eat away at bonds and regrets rule the night.
Even the lovemaking — an R&B album requisite — feels more soul-patching that soul-fulfilling. "Fuck me like you're 'bout to lose your place to the girl next door," 6lack instructs on the wonderfully hollow "Loaded Gun" (dick metaphor alert!). Then he walks ….