This is not a review, it is just some thoughts on the album so it may seem a bit incoherent and thrown together.
So Cruel Summer came out today and I just finished listened to it. I've listened to it about 3 times now. It's an OK album, there are some issues with it but for the most part enjoyable as long as you are not looking for any sort of variety. The production to the whole records sound a little too similar and the topics on the album are not much more than how awesome they think they are. Everyone apart from Kanye seem to be lacking in energy. John Legend and Common don't get much time on the album even though they started G.O.O.D Music along with Kanye and Mos Def who is one of the better rappers on the label is nowhere to be seen. The production is excellent even if each track is a little too similar to each other.
Some tracks do stand out. Clique feels like it was something Kanye left off Watch The Throne but the choice to include Big Sean in the song was maybe not a good idea. He doesn't have the presence and spectacle of Jay-Z or Kanye on the track. Bliss is a duet with John Legend and Teyana Taylor. This was a really nice change of pace but comes a little late in the album. To The World is a good album opener and R. Kelly sounds more pumped up than the actual G.O.O.D music crew. New God Flow has a lot of energy from all three of the rappers featuring on it.
Best Tracks: Clique, Bliss
What do you guys think?