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"Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin'" Kid Cudi

by Zachary Penzabene - 89.1 The Point
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 10:40 pm

Kid Cudi’s latest album is full of hazy sounding instrumentals and subpar vocals. It had an overall dark essence and vibe. It wasn’t the best, but was a step in the right direction compared to his last. Cudi started out strong in his music career, but has slowly tapered off since his first album. 

As a whole, it’s not the best. But when the listener starts to dissect the songs on an individual level, the music does start to sound decent. The main issue with this album is the repetitive song structure and excessive length. Many of the songs sound similar and it’s hard to distinguish one from the other. 

It would have been better if Cudi combined a couple songs or just dropped them completely off this album. Almost every song has auto tuned moans and excessive, hazy sounding instrumentals. 

The long instrumentals sound good at first, but the excessiveness in almost every song gets old quick and many of the vocals drag it down. In the lackluster songs “The Guide” and “Releaser”, it sometimes gets hard to understand what Cudi is trying to say with his auto tuned, mumbling voice. 

Kid Cudi did accomplish some good with this album. It starts with the song “Frequency” – the lyrics and instrumentals are strong and vibe in this song. “Swimming in the Light”, “Rose Golden”, and “By Design” are also some of the better songs on this album. 

“By Design” is a great song about maintaining a hopeful confidence in decisions made and having a respect for bad things that may occur in life. I think the strongest song is “Surfin”. My favorite   thing about this album is how dark Cudi gets when he sings about his struggles with mental stability; it’s one of his greatest strengths as an artist. 

It does have parts that bring back the old Kid Cudi sound that fans have been yearning for, and as a Kid Cudi fan, I respect the heart that went in to this album. It makes me hopeful that his next album will be better than this. 

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