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Today, in celebration of this album's 1st birthday being about a week ago, I'll be reviewing Melt My Eyez, See Your Future by Denzel Curry.
This album is a 45 minute and 10 seconds long project consisting of 14 songs, with features from the likes of JID, T-Pain, Buzzy Lee and more, scattered throughout. The album has heavy jazz influences throughout, especially in the opening track "Melt Session #1 [Feat. Robert Glasper]" and track 3 called "Worst Comes To Worst." As well as Denzel staying true to his established style on tracks like "Walkin" and "X-Wing," with 808-heavy beats and a smooth yet bouncy flow.
From the get-go, Curry establishes that this album is about recognizing your past but focusing on the future, even in the title. Especially with the entire song of "Walkin," Denzel is not hiding his thoughts. He recognizes that for all of the mistakes he's made, he can move past that if he will just "keep on walkin' in this nasty little world we call our own..." He also reflects on how much progress he's made up to this point in the song "X-Wing" when he writes, "...now I'm just onto the next thing. Growing up I didn't have the best things now my diamonds on my neck gleam." While easy to overdo, I don't think a message of recognition and realization is extremely important to convey in this day and age. In an era full of artists simply releasing projects to make money and not really caring, it's nice to see an artist go extremely introspective with his work.
As mentioned earlier, it's clear that Curry wants to move forward as an artist, both with his style and his overall tone, and we get a heavy hand of that. We see a lot more singing from Denzel, especially when compared to projects like TA13OO (2018). We also see a softer overall sound to this project, and it's a sound that I quite enjoy. Even for an artist known primarily for their loud and aggressive tracks, Denzel does this newer style with great technique. And this isn't to say that he loses the nature that he's known for, in fact, he incorporates it. On "Troubles [Feat. T-Pain]," we see this clearly with the more mellow beat, combined with Denzel's slightly raspy vocals that we've come to know and love. The ability to mesh the two together and make them work is one that should not go unrecognized.
However, I will say that this album is not without fault. For as much as I enjoy "Ain't No Way [Feat. 6LACK, Rico Nasty, JID, Jasiah, Kitty Ca$h, Powers Pleasant]," as you can see by the title, it's a very feature-dense song, and it feels as though people were simply crammed into the track. It's not a bad song at all, it just feels oversaturated. Also, it seems as though the album sort of dips in quality a bit after the halfway point. Again, not calling this a bad album by any means, or saying that the dip is even that big, I'm just saying that there is one. Regardless, I don't have many things I dislike about this project.
So overall, I really liked this album. I loved the heavy jazz influence, Denzel's overall lyricism was great, and the features were almost all amazing. While not my favorite project of all time, I'm going to give this album an 8.8 out of 10.
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