BALLADS1: High Quality Lo-Fi

Marcos Resendiz-Lopez, Jr. Sr. Journalist II

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2018 is a big year for music, and in the more below mainstream area artist George Miller or Joji created a buzz for himself by releasing his biggest teaser hit single Slow Dancing in the Dark, which blew up the internet and rightfully so, since it was a huge upgrade compared to his past songs from his In Tongues EP that came out last year. Along with this popularity were loyal fans of his that were with him since his now dead channel FilthyFrankTV (which by itself a whole other can of worms).

 

Although prior to releasing SDITD, Joji released Yeah Right and after SDITD he released two more singles, Can’t Get Over You and Test Drive, these four singles have provided mixed feelings among fans some negative some positive and so forth.The question for fans and curious listeners was “Is this going to be Joji’s breakthrough album?” will BALLADS1 be a potentially good alternative R&B record?

 

Well somewhat, the best way to describe this album is aesthetically pleasing but unfortunately lacking in some aspects. BALLADS1 provides a sad and somber theme throughout with some nice Lo-Fi production mixed with trap elements to back it up Plus the album has its highlights such as the closing track that really brings

 

But at some points the album really has some six feet under dips in it (in my opinion) such as Test Drive which sounds like a Post Malone track than anything, same idea goes to Come Thru. Their are some moments in the album where Joji comes off as kind of weak and  The Clam’s Casino feature in Can’t Get Over You is the best example for this, but the instrumental has a cute but kind of eerie sound to it. No Fun sounds like a throwaway song from the 88Rising Head In The Clouds Album so it just sounds okay. But overall Joji offers a pretty good variety of genres and even borders on grunge like on the song Why Am I Still in LA. Some of the songs sound kind of like Will He and  (XNXX and RIP) but more fleshed out with more emphasis on Joji himself

 

One of the most prominent things about BALLADS1 is a lot of the emotion and somber attitude it has throughout with Joji sounding way more confident with himself, and I really can’t say how proud I am for coming this far into his music career.

 

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