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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
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: 24 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 1 out of 25
  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 24, 2018
    10
    Just amazing, experimentation is at a high and I love the industrial sound of the record and their overall brand/style isn'tJust amazing, experimentation is at a high and I love the industrial sound of the record and their overall brand/style isn't compromised/watered down at all. Will keep listening and I hope it resonates with me well into the future. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2018
    10
    On their fourth album in only 15 months Brockhampton have ramped everything up to eleven. This record makes their debut Saturation'sOn their fourth album in only 15 months Brockhampton have ramped everything up to eleven. This record makes their debut Saturation's ultra-ambitious mix of soft RnB and in-your-face, hardcore bars look like tiny pre-school baby time by comparison. This record is all over the place. It's one of the craziest albums I've heard from a major-label rap group, and is the reason why Brockhampton will likely be one of the most influential artists of the next decade. If there's one thing I love, it's artists who aren't afraid to take risks and who aren't afraid to make mistakes in order to push themselves. Brockhampton are that group, except without the mistakes. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    great album love how they tried to experiment,just thought they could've done better with songs like where the cash at since it was a greatgreat album love how they tried to experiment,just thought they could've done better with songs like where the cash at since it was a great song but quite repetitive Joba was Definitely really good on this album Matt wasn't as noticeable and didn't have many stand out verses but it was really good when he did one i love the experimentation they did with Dom,i love how Bearface is getting more involvement and isn't too different from everyone else, Kevin was really good and felt like more than just the who sings the chorus,Merlyns shouting felt more necessary in this album, they just need to perfect this out for a future album Expand
  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 24, 2018
    8
    Brockhampton don't want to take a break, and seriously, if they keep releasing gems like this, nobody will want them to.

    This album is what
    Brockhampton don't want to take a break, and seriously, if they keep releasing gems like this, nobody will want them to.

    This album is what i call "creating your own identity". The production is simply astonishing, the song structure is something fresh. They are simply something different, entertaining and seriously it seems like they are just getting started, which makes me very excited.

    Favorite Songs: NEW ORLEANS, THUG LIFE, WEIGHT, DISTRICT, TONYA, FABRIC
    Least Favorite Songs: TAPE, VIVID
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  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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