By Jordan Atkinson
On September 21st, 2018 self proclaimed rap “boyband” Brockhampton dropped their new album Iridescence 5 months after announcing that they were working on a new project. It consists of 15 new songs/skits, and is their first album without ex vocalist Ameer Vann, who was kicked out of the group after some controversy involving sexual misconduct allegations that had been made against him. He was featured on a majority of tracks on their previous albums, so that in itself is a drastic change for a band. This is also the first album Brockhampton has done in collaboration with a major label, so that is also definitely a step in an entire new direction for them.
The first track on the album, “New Orleans” features vocals from Rapper Jaden Smith, who briefly has his own verse. His voice worked very with the rest of the band member’s and it was a good addition to the track. In other parts of the song though, the actual member’s vocals didn’t seem to work very well with the instrumental but not to the point where it was intolerable. Overall though, this song was decent.
J´ouvert was actually released the day before the album dropped, alongside with a music video in which they are lip syncing and dancing around with different filters applied. The simplicity of it went along very nicely with the song. Joba’s verse is what really steals the show, but like seriously...is he okay?
Weight is pretty good, especially Joba’s first verse. The song gives off Frank Ocean vibes in a way, and it sounds a lot like his track pretty sweet during certain parts. A decent track, but I don’t think I’d go as far to say that it’s one of their best.
San Marcos is easily one of the best tracks on the album. The London Community Gospel Choir is featured in on this track, and it is a great addition to the song. The transition into their verse from Joba’s worked very well too. Overall a really good song, and it’s worth the listen.
Tape is another track that stands out, it has really nice flow to it. They speak a lot about how their lives changed after their rise to fame and the struggles they endured during that time period. Arguably another one of the best tracks on the album.
Tonya is pretty good, it has more of a pop sound to it rather than their usual pop-rap mashup sound. I think that it’s my favorite tracks on the album. Bearface did an incredible job on his verse, they should feature him on more on tracks instead of giving him an occasional verse here and there.
Fabric is another good song, which is also happens to be the final track. It’s definitely different from the rest of the rest of the songs on the record, but more so in a way that it is unique. I think it was a very good way to end the album.
Now if I’m being completely honest, I have very mixed feelings on Iridescence as a whole. Saturation III left me with high expectations for this new album, but it just seems like some of it was too rushed, as they themselves stated that the album entire album was produced within the time span of 10 days(I guess you have to give them credit though, the album managed to reach #1 on billboard's top 200 album chart regardless) Also, regardless of what happened in Ameer Vann’s personal life (though I am not excusing his behavior), he added something very unique to the group and without him on any of the tracks, something feels like itś missing. There were some tracks on the album that were really mediocre that I would probably not bother listening to more than once(Honey, Berlin, Something About Him, and Vivid didn’t really impress me), but overall I think the best songs on the album are good enough to make up for that though. Iridescence is at least worth checking out, if not, they have a lot of good music on previous albums that definitely is. I definitely see the band continuing to grow in popularity, they have proven that have the potential to go very far.