Album Reviews

“IV” by Badbadnotgood

Final Rating: 9/10

Badbadnotgood never fails to blow my mind. Whether it’s a fantastic album, or perhaps an out of this world performance, I am never left disappointed- I think most listeners could agree with me.

The jazz band has just released their awaited new album, IV. This whole album is a incredible in a variety of different ways; perhaps it is the band’s amazing unity that they acquire, or the psychedelic jazz style to it that is so rarely heard and new to so many peoples ears.

The album opens up with “And That Too” which includes repetition of the same brass notes throughout the song, slowly adding more and more instruments throughout the piece, building this kind of suspense and feeling that is almost indescribable. It then moves on to “Speaking Gently” which has even more of a psychedelic vibe to it. This is perhaps one of my most favourite tracks, as the intro is just so great sounding, and then moves on to this epic track again, with a tension build up.

“Time Moves Slow” is by far, the best BadBadNotGood song ever produced. I have listened to all of their albums, and this song is truly astonishing. The track starts with some soft/slow strumming and drumming, slowing things down a bit from the prior tracks. This beat is exceptionally mysterious and calming, going along with Sam Herrings delicate vocals adding the perfect touch to this track. Not only are instrumentals and vocals impeccable but, the whole meaning of this song is just so unique and relatable. The song entails how time moves slow in situations in life where it may be the toughest. The verse “Running away is easy, it’s the leaving that’s hard” is incredibly relatable and accurate. This whole track is incredibly inspiring if you listen to the lyrics in depth. Additionally, the main theme entails being left by a significant other, and how difficult that can be to cope with. What makes this the band’s best track yet is the correlation between the beautiful instrumentation, sympathetic lyrics, unity, and of course Sam Herring. It is beyond impressive.

It was interesting to see a continuation of the track “Confessions” in “Confessions Pt.II” featuring Colin Stetson. Confessions is the third track off of their album “III”, which featured Leland Whitty. Both tracks  differentiate from eachother as Confessions consists of a more slower pace in comparison to Confessions Pt.II , but it is still interesting to see somewhat of a continuation, especially leaving a great appreciation among fans.

Lavendar was an interesting sounding track, with what sounds like some constant synthesizing throughout. It has this really unique sound to it, it almost felt like something heard when playing Super Mario World being in Bowser’s castle, in the sense of sound of synthesizing.

Chompy’s Paradise slows down the album a bit, with some soft brass and inclusion of flute.

IV is an upbeat and fun track, which they have been playing live throughout their touring before the album release. This track is incredible, especially live. There is a constant uprise and comedown throughout the track, making it exciting and spontaneous sounding, but so professionally done. The track contains a large variety of instrumentation however, all sounding so appropriate together and strategically thought out. It is seven minutes of pure music to the ears.

Hyssop of Love is a track more similar sounding to their prior album “Sour Soul” in the sense it include rapper Mick Jenkins, but still has a psychedelic feel to it in background music. It is always a pleasure to see the band combine jazz style music to rapping.

Overall, every single track on this album simply was more than my expectations. Of course I am never disappointed with whatever the band produces however, this album is just so beyond what everyone was expecting.

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