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Brockhampton's 'iridescence' is a whirlwind of emotion

On iridescence, emotions, confusion and depression run wild. 

‘New Orleans’ opens the record with fierce bars from Matt Champion, Dominic Michael Simpson (Dom McLennon), and especially from Russell Boring AKA Joba. Joba really shone on this album and rose to fill Vann’s shoes. Tracks like ‘J'ouvert’ and ‘San Marcos find him screaming confessionals, or revealing dark thoughts.

The Saturation trilogy had these moments too, but the group’s insecurities were softened by a mix of swagger, youthful energy, and West Coast style hip hop. On the other hand, iridescence will leave fans questioning the group’s ability to curate a ‘banger’ fit for partying to.

The production on this album is simply incredible. Longtime producers Romil Hemnani, Jabari Manwa, and Kiko Merley work their magic to reflect the band’s current trauma. The album’s stand out track ‘Weight’ has a marching beat laced with strings that hit the emotional core of the album. The newly recorded ‘Tonya’ sounds gorgeous on this new mix too. The odd ‘VIVID’ is one of many hard-hitting tracks.

Unfortunately, Matt Champion didn’t quite live up to his potential, delivering few memorable verses. Instead, members, Merlyn Wood and Joba took on larger roles. Ciaran Ruaridh McDonald AKA Bearface, also landed the mic a lot more than in any past Brockhampton project.

iridescence is the start of a brand new trilogy titled The Best Years of Our Lives. So, the second installment could be just around the corner. Only Brockhampton knows where they are heading, but for now, fans can rejoice that their favorite boy band is continuing on their path with music as their co-pilot.

9/10