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Last Friday, Childish Gambino released his third studio album: “Awaken, My Love!”
It’s Donald Glover’s eye-popping soul riot. And like everything he’s touched in 2016, his third Childish Gambino album is a slow-burning triumph. The robust hip-hop of previous records is parked and in its place arrives sweltering soul and mussed-up funk. Opener “Me and Your Mama” is a deep, exultant opus that makes plain Glover’s ambition, the exquisite “Redbone” sees him access a register (and vibe) that Prince would approve, while “California”—a sort of breezy calypso jam with a judicious use of wood whistle—captures the effervescent and completely intoxicating spirit of a very special record. Source: iTunes
I would best describe this album as what would happen if The Wiz, George Clinton and Sly and the Family Stone got high and had a baby. I have two favorite songs:
That’s it. I have both his previous albums but favor “Because the Internet” the most. I even liked every song that did not include Jaden Smith on his last EP. Obviously, this album is much different. And to be quite honest, I’m not really a fan of psychedelic soul and funk. If a song of those genres came on the radio, I wouldn’t turn it off but I don’t actively seek it and it’s not on any of my playlists. Husband asked me if this was Frank Ocean all over again and I told him not really. I think Childish Gambino had a vision and executed it; whereas, Frank Ocean’s album sounds like when you have a final exam in the morning but start studying 3 hours prior. I am going to keep listening to it, maybe it will grow on me. After all, I did spend $9.99 plus tax. Now, I don’t have lunch money.
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