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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Texan rap group was recorded in Abbey Road Studios as well as Hawaii.

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BERLIN
She said, "Baby boy, why you looking grimy as shit?" I'll make the wristwatch flood, let diamonds fill my sink If I got colors on my neck, what would... See the rest of the song lyrics

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 24, 2018
    100
    After Saturation's freewheeling spirit and an insatiable appetite for fun, Iridescence had to confront the past nine months, and make a statement as to how the band move forward. It does so emphatically.
  2. 91
    Iridescence is full-to-bursting; it’s like almost eating too much food, almost drinking too much booze; it’s getting close to too much, and still asking for more.
  3. 90
    The more you listen, the more intricacies you notice. The more you listen, the more you realise just how defining this record will be for the future of Brockhampton.
  4. Sep 24, 2018
    82
    As a highly experimental album, the occasional misfire is a guarantee. Ultimately, Iridescence is an exciting way to start a new trilogy and is a testament to Brockhampton’s perseverance.
  5. Oct 11, 2018
    80
    Very much a product of their time, Brockhampton absorbs what they need from across genres, sharing honest confessions from their varied personal backgrounds (the most striking provided by group leader Kevin Abstract) and reflecting its mixed audience as a voice of their generation. Brockhampton have seized upon this defining moment with Iridescence, a defining peak in their young career.
  6. Sep 28, 2018
    80
    Iridescence feels like Brockhampton have regrouped musically to create a great, if not perfect, representation and platform to build on.
  7. Sep 26, 2018
    66
    A collection of mosh-pit conductors, crowded songs, and fleeting moments of delicacy. Outside of the clear-eyed admissions of Abstract, the vocalists often get swallowed in the heavy mix, making the absence of Vann, their sharpest MC on past releases, noticeable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Sep 24, 2018
    10
    this album will be remember as one of the best experimental hip hop albums of the decade. Is prolific, unique, fresh, abrasive and tender.this album will be remember as one of the best experimental hip hop albums of the decade. Is prolific, unique, fresh, abrasive and tender. Brockhampton did an amazing job recording the album in only 10 days, their sound will inspire the next generations of artist. Expand
  2. Sep 25, 2018
    10
    On the first listen, I was unsure of what to think. However, after going back and listening more thoroughly I found hidden meanings and doubleOn the first listen, I was unsure of what to think. However, after going back and listening more thoroughly I found hidden meanings and double entendres that probably flew over a lot of peoples' heads. JOBA and Dom murder everything they touch on this album, no member is overall bad on the album. I would like to see verses from Jabari or Romil in the future, but this album is definitely groundbreaking in terms of production and general creativity.
    Favorite songs- DISTRICT, VIVID, TAPE, HONEY, BERLIN, WEIGHT, FABRIC, SAN MARCOS
    Least favorite song- TONYA
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  3. Sep 25, 2018
    10
    Like the SATURATION Trilogy, the hardest working boyband in show business prevails at reinventing the wheel in terms of their sound. In spiteLike the SATURATION Trilogy, the hardest working boyband in show business prevails at reinventing the wheel in terms of their sound. In spite of setbacks within their group, iridescence is a variety of songs still holding on to themes that their group stands out for whether it is zany instrumentation, catchy hooks, and themes of intimacy but in a new category of their own. Exemplary tracks like NEW ORLEANS, DISTRICT, J'OUVERT, and VIVID have darker, but more lively instances of distorted basslines and percussion, many sounds being reminiscent of retro game sound effects. Songs like SAN MARCOS and WEIGHT and TAPE prove more introspective and self-conscious about the group's struggles and individual problems. With these songs coalesced into a more captivating work than previous projects, iridescence signifies the band's penchant to adapt and constantly evolve, throwing away PUPPY and TEAM EFFORT in search of making music that is more disruptive and shocking to fans. We see Radiohead's Kid A influence strong in how this shift had baffled listeners, with some being unable to come to terms with the change and abandonment of the tidbits that made SATURATION a widely acclaimed trilogy. As saturation semantically defines getting more of everything, iridescence defines the ability to get more depending on perspective and how an individual sees it as it is. iridescence strives to be a monumental mark in Brockhampton's discography, and a beginning of a new era in their music. Expand
  4. Sep 29, 2018
    9
    I think this album is a stepping stone that people haven’t stepped up with yet but will as time goes on.
  5. Sep 25, 2018
    9
    WOW! First listen will be breathtaking for anybody. It's great to hear incredible alternative rap like this. Every song hits its target. IWOW! First listen will be breathtaking for anybody. It's great to hear incredible alternative rap like this. Every song hits its target. I haven't heard a rap album this futuristic, experimental, and good since Yeezus. After all the mainstream mess is dead (shoutout Scorpion) this will survive. Top 5 album this year. So many different elements everywhere.

    2018 Rap so far
    1. IRIDESCENCE
    2. DAYTONA
    3. Astroworld
    4. KIDS SEE GHOSTS
    5. TA13OO
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  6. Sep 26, 2018
    8
    Ayyyyyyy this album made me nut so god damn hard some underwhelming **** tho like this is brockhampton's worst album but still made me nut soAyyyyyyy this album made me nut so god damn hard some underwhelming **** tho like this is brockhampton's worst album but still made me nut so it's pretty damn good fam Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2018
    0
    This is one of the most overrated "boy bands" going around in music right now. I am happy they are getting success, but this is a letdownThis is one of the most overrated "boy bands" going around in music right now. I am happy they are getting success, but this is a letdown compared to the saturation series. Expand

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