Saturday, October 19, 2013

A brief review of Danny Brown's "Old"

Brandon "Bfresh" Foster came through with another request, this time in the form of Danny Brown's "Old", so of course another big shoutout to him. I honestly haven't heard that much from Danny Brown outside of some joints he did with Elzhi, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, as well as a collaboration with Raekwon, Joell Ortiz and Pusha T from the "Man with the Iron Fists" soundtrack ("Tick, Tock"). Well, without further delay, let's get to the review.

Release date- October 8, 2013

Allow me to start with the "highlights". I liked the opener "Side A [Old], and while it may not be a spectacular opener, it's decent. The somewhat underrated Freddie Gibbs stops by on "The Return", and promptly steals the show with his verse in my opinion. "Gremlins" is a good song, "Clean Up" was ok, as well as "Float On" and the apply titled "Torture", in which he talks about some of his previous experiences being just that. "Lonely" wasn't what I thought it was going to be going in. He's not coming from an actual lonely point of view, but rather seeing himself as so unique that others don't quite know him. Interesting concept for the most part. For the record, I didn't care for "Dope Fiend Rental", but Schoolboy Q's verse also steals the show, oddly enough. Now, for me, this is where the highlights end.

As far as the rest of the album, I won't say it's wack, but it's VERY different and ALL over the place, with a good portion of it being forgettable at best. When it came to songs like "25 Cents" and "Wonderbread", I get what he was aiming for on a conceptual level, but the actual execution left a lot to be desired to these ears. "Smokin & Drinkin" (even down to the cliched song title), "Handstand" and "Break It [Go]" are songs that we have all heard before, nothing new being brought to the table, as if you can update any songs dedicated to smokin, drinkin and highly provocative dancing (you won't catch me saying "twerking").

Although it may not seem like it, this was an objective listen, and while I appreciate the recommendation as always, this didn't win me over in the end. There are some decent spots here and there, as noted in the highlights, but that's about it. Lyrically and production wise it's very unique. Speaking of the lyrics, at times throughout this album, he switches up his flow. Now depending on how it's utilized, that can be a good thing, but in the case of this album, I don't think it works at all and it became a distraction at times. Some may not agree (which is fine), but I can't go any higher than a 2.5 rating for this album.

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