BROCKHAMPTON - "iridescence" Album Review

The first of BROCKHAMPTON's best years of our lives trilogy has arrived. Iridescence is finally here after a name change, multiple delays, scrapped tracks, and near-break-up that were all the direct result of the sexual misconduct allegations against their founding and now ex-member, Ameer Van. BROCKHAMPTON took the time to rebuild and channel their emotional anguish into what is now their fourth studio album, Iridescence.
Iridescence begins where Saturation III left off – when the group was last in their highest spirits and most connected. "New Orleans" launches the album with the classic BROCKHAMPTON cadence and a bouncing rhythm that’s hard to sit still to. The album moves soothingly into "Thug Life" which features vocals from the London Community Gospel Children’s choir who sings "I’ve gotta get that bag, it’s a thug life, it's a thug life."
"BERLIN" brings us back into their infectious, bumping rhythm before tracks continuously alternate between a rapid pace and slower, harmonic story telling. "J'ouvert" comes as the 10th track and pulls from rap, pop, rock, and West Indian influences; plus it additionally samples Lavaman's "Doh Blame Me." The accompanying music video for "J'ouvert" came just hours before the album was released, check it out below:
"HONEY" follows as a carefree joyride with an underlying sample of Beyonce's "Dance For You," opposing its lighthearted rhythm, the track touches heavily upon escaping near-homelessness. As the album is nearing the end, the London Community Gospel Children's Choir returns to sing: "I want more out of life than this" on "SAN MARCOS," the track named after the Texas city where BROCKHAMPTON was assembled.
Iridescence has proved that BROCKHAMPTON is renewed, regrouped, and here to stay. The group told BBC in an interview this past August that they produced and recorded the album in only 10 days while at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London, England. One of their members, Kevin Abstract, soon after tweeted the album's release, dedicating the record to London.
BROCKHAMPTON are kicking off their Ill Be There tour in support of this new album tonight (September 21) in Auckland, New Zealand. You can still grab tickets for their upcoming shows on their site, check out the full list of their tour dates below:
BROCKHAMPTON— I'll Be There 2018 Tour Dates:
9/21 – Auckland, NZ @ Logan Campbell Centre
9/22 – Melbourne, AUS @ Listen Out Melbourne*
9/23 – Perth, AUS @ Listen Out Perth*
9/25 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Forum
9/26 – Sydney, AUS @ Enmore Theatre
9/29 – Sydney, AUS @ Listen Out Sydney*
9/30 – Brisbane, AUS @ Listen Out Brisbane*
10/3 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
10/5 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival*
10/6 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/7 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
10/9 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
10/10 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
10/12 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival*
10/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theater
10/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
10/16 – Washington DC @ The Anthem
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/20 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
10/21 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/25 – Toronto, ON @ Coca-Cola Coliseum
10/26 – Detroit, MI @ The Masonic Temple
10/28 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
10/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
11/1 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
11/3 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
11/5 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
11/7 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House
11/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
11/10-11 – Los Angeles, CA @Camp Flog Gnaw*
11/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Hall
12/1 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino
12/6 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasI

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Last updated: 19 Sep 2019, 01:39 Etc/UTC