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Iridescence by BROCKHAMPTON



Release Date: Sep 21, 2018

Genre(s): Rap

Record label: RCA


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Album Review: Iridescence by BROCKHAMPTON

Exceptionally Good, Based on 7 Critics

The Line of Best Fit - 90
Based on rating 9/10

The allure of BROCKHAMPTON is obvious. It's something we all truly wanted - a diverse group of like-minded friends, coming together to create amazing music and, most of all, have fun. The fun turned serious in 2018, when the self-confessed boyband became a record-making machine, churning out three albums, The Saturation Trilogy, in the space of months.

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Sputnikmusic - 88
Based on rating 4.4/5

Is you dancin all alone? Is you dancin for someone? iridescence is the best Brockhampton album because it doesn't give a fuck what you think a Brockhampton album should sound like. If you're rolling your eyes at that statement then you're doing this shit right, and you've got one up on me; it took me until Merlyn's "PULL UP TO YA HOUSE AND DUMP LIKE THE TRASH MAN" to acquaint myself with the level of ridiculousness this album operates on, but once I did the thermals dissolved into normal colour and iridescence became really simple. That's all this is actually, Brockhampton's simplest album, a choose-your-own-adventure funhouse where the experience is as hilarious or as touching as the mindset you go in with.

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Consequence of Sound - 86
Based on rating A-

The Lowdown: Last year, BROCKHAMPTON released a trilogy of albums all called Saturation. Each record in the series improved on the one before it, and together they won the 13-man band a new legion of fans and a $15 million record deal with RCA. Iridescence is their major label debut, and it doesn't disappoint. The album (and really the whole musical collective) is led by Kevin Abstract.

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Austin Chronicle - 80
Based on rating 4/5

Iridescence trades the Southern trap palette of 2017 LP trilogy Saturation for a more abstract, yet expansive splatter of futurist techno-trap. Recorded over a 10-day span at Abbey Road Studios with a full choir and orchestra, the fourth album from the Texas collective erases the memory of departed MC Ameer Vann in 15 tracks. Opener "New Orleans" triumphantly announces a new sonic direction with its explosion of blown-out 808s and revving synths.

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AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Continuing the meteoric rise started in 2017 with their Saturation trilogy, California boy band crew Brockhampton returned with chart-topping fourth effort Iridescence. Less playful and more focused, Iridescence is a declarative moment for the group, delivering on the steadily evolving promise of the Saturation series with thoughtful introspection and their typically genre-blurring sound fusion. Incorporating soulful R&B reflections, raucous hip-hop energy, grime grit, and aggressive electronic production, the set bursts with ideas.

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New Musical Express (NME) - 80
Based on rating 4/5

In 'Iridescence', Brockhampton find their own truthful rebirth. And, regrouped and renewed, they're not going anywhere Iridescence is the physical phenomenon of a surface appearing to magically change colour thanks to everyone's favourite prankster, light. It's the reason soap bubbles and splodges of petroleum look like purpley-green puddles of prettiness; the logical explanation behind certain animals seeming to shimmer with colour.

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Clash Music
Opinion: Excellent

The rise of California-based rap group Brockhampton has been both incredible and tumultuous. Considering their debut album 'Saturation' was released only 15 months ago, the story of the self-described 'boyband' is as eventful as some careers that have been going a decade or more. Their fourth album 'Iridescence' finds them at a tipping point, on the verge of becoming a bonafide mainstream sensation, with early reports suggesting this project could top the US Billboard chart.

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