Release Date: Apr 27, 2018
Record label: Republic
Overlong, streaming-friendly albums - The Weeknd's 'Starboy', Drake's 'Views', Migos' 'Culture II' - have become so commonplace that they almost deserve their own classification. More of a stultifying moodboard than an album with something to say, Post Malone's 'beerbongs & bentleys' is a faded swirl of lean, flexing, custom whips, misogyny and occasionally - mercifully - heartbreak. Bar a few exceptions, its 18 tracks are homogenous playlist fodder targeted at the streaming machine - and, in its voguish, trap-flavoured blandness, it will undoubtedly scoop up huge numbers of passive listeners this summer.
It's impossible to look away: Post Malone is one of the most commercially consequential stars in pop music. His new album, Beerbongs and Bentleys , imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious West Coast life. There are also a few empty gestures at being a post-grunge troubadour.