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REVIEW: ‘ASTROWORLD’ by Travis Scott

Rapper Travis Scott recently released his highly anticipated album, ‘ASTROWORLD,’ on August 3, 2018. I LOVE Travis Scott – I think he’s a brilliant artist and just a cool dude – so I was over the moon when it dropped.

Check out the full album below:

You may have already come to your own conclusions about the album, but here’s mine:

I’m just going to be honest, I’m not as happy with it as I thought I would be. Mind you, Travis is one of those artists that can do no wrong for me, but this album just didn’t do it for me. It’s a bit of a letdown, especially after how great ‘Birds in The Trap Sing Brian McKnight’ was.

“STARGAZING,” the first track on the album, has a great beat and really gets you into the feel of what the album is all about. I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing this song, because it’s so Travis and the cadence of his flow was amazing on this song. “STARGAZING” definitely had me feeling good about the album. However, if I’m honest, I didn’t wanna finish the entire song, and I hate that. I was just ready to move on halfway through.

“SICKO MODE” had a cool, 90’s vibe to it and he had a cool cadence to his flow here too, though different from “STARGAZING,” but that’s about all I really liked about this song. I honestly liked Darke’s parts in the song better.

“STOP TRYING TO BE GOD” is an interesting one. Initially, I didn’t like this song, but when I saw the video, I actually grew to appreciate it a bit more. It’s very self-reflective and encourages celebrities, or anyone for that matter, to let go of your ego and let God work through you, not you work through God. The video was pretty cool too and shows that he came to realize a lot of this with the birth of his daughter, Stormi, with Kylie Jenner. It’s not my favorite song on the album, but it is one that I really respect.

“No BYSTANDERS” had a cool beat, another one where Travis’ flow was good. I don’t know if it’s one I would immediately listen to multiple times, but it’s cool. It’s probably one that would be popular in the club though.

“WAKE UP” isn’t really a song I like, but when I listened to what they were saying, it almost sounds like this was for Kylie Jenner. If it is, I wouldn’t like it, because it’s implying some things that the world doesn’t need to hear, if you know what I mean, but that’s just me.

Interestingly enough, I didn’t start to warm up to the album until I got to track 9.

“5% TINT” has a nice vibe to it to. It would probably make a nice soundtrack song to a show or movie. It’s not my favorite, but it feels more like Travis to me. One of the better ones on the album.

“ASTROTHUNDER” has a fun, kind of trippy vibe. It was really short, but that one was kind of cool.

“YOSEMITE” is actually another one I’m cool with! I like the beat. Nice song I could see myself just riding out to.

“WHO? WHAT!” is one of my favorites. The song immediately caught me and had me bobbing the entire time. Finally, one I can really work with! This is definitely another song that would hit in the club. I say that like I know, Lol!! Granted, the lyrics aren’t my favorite, but that beat is great.

“BUTTERFLY EFFECT” I didn’t even realize this song was on this album! I’ve been in love with this song since it came out last year. I STILL play this song! But, I must admit, it doesn’t really fit the album to me. Maybe I need to revisit the idea, but it seems a bit too lit for the rest of the music on ASTROWORLD. Nonetheless, I LOVE this song. The video is pretty neat too!

“HOUSTONFORNICATION” This is another one that caught me. I actually like this song too! But, just as I said with #BUTTERFLY EFFECT,” it didn’t really fit the album to me. It’s almost like tracks 9 to the end are like an entirely different project, ha.

“COFFEE BEAN” is interesting. It gives me The Roots vibes. But you can tell he really had something to say on this track. He’s really thinking about some stuff. I like this side of Travis, and I’d like to see more of it. Such an interesting way to end the album, but I like it.

I didn’t comment on every song on the 17-track album, but I did think I gave you a good look inside the album overall. Do I like this album better than Birds in The Trap Sing Brian McKnight? I don’t think so, but this is fairly solid for the most part. And, you never know, it could grow on me like PARTYNEXTDOOR’s ‘Seven Days” did. I didn’t know I how felt about that EP at first, but now I absolutely love it and play it all the time.

But I think you’d heard enough of my thoughts on ASTROWORLD – what do/did you think about Travis Scott’s album? Are you kind of on the fence like I am? Let me know in the comments below!  And if you have an album, song, video, or EP you’d like for me to review, just let me know!

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