“This album sounds and feels as if he has his heart firmly on his sleeve”
Review by Jagger Alexander-Erber
Lil Nas X bursts through the gates with his debut album, completely obliterating anyone who dared to prematurely labelled him a ‘one hit wonder.’ Bold, unapologetic and full of confidence, this album sounds and feels as if he has his heart firmly on his sleeve.
This is one of those albums that feels almost revolutionary in terms of its pride, specifically with the African American LGBTQ community. I almost feel it’s a landmark for LGBTQ music, but it’s also a deeply personal project full of depth and surprises. Varied and showcasing lots of musical influences and ranges of hooks and melodies put together organically.
Produced and mixed tightly with well performed Rap/RNB instrumentals infused with buzzing guitar tracks. There is a healthy balance between his quirky ‘fuck you’ personality and a very honest introspection throughout.
It goes without saying that there are still only a handful of songs that live up to the standard of singles such as ‘Dead right now’, ‘Lost In the citadel,’ and ‘Fire fuelled life after Salem.’ However as a debut album, this is a victory lap for an artist who was expected to never surpass a meme.
This album is so much fun, I can’t wait to see what his next steps are.