Album Review: Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!”

childish-gambino-awaken-my-loveChildish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!”

Psychedelic Soul | Funk | R&B

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There’s no denying the fact that Donald Glover is an immensely talented and versatile individual. I’ve always been a fan of his acting work but seeing as until this point his music career has been as a rapper, there simply aren’t enough words to express my disinterest. That has all changed however with his latest offering. “Awaken, My Love!” is a stunning journey through 70s inspired funk and soul. The intro of ‘Boogieman’ bears quite a resemblance to Queen’s ‘Dragon Attack’ and ‘Redbone’ plays like an homage to the dearly departed Prince. The instrumental ‘The Night Me And Your Mama Met’ could have been cut straight from Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain and stunning album closer ‘Stand Tall’ has hints of Marvin Gaye fused with experimental electronica.

The album’s highlight however is the epic album opener ‘Me And Your Mama’ which stands out as Awaken’s most grand and unique offering. The only faux pas to be found is the irritating autotune of ‘California’, which thankfully compensates for ruining the mood by being one of the album’s shortest tracks. Glover has taken a bold and brilliant move in reinventing himself and growing as an artist. He may have lost a few fans that clung on to his old style, but I feel like he has gained more than enough new fans and much more new found respect in return. I hope more artists will follow suit in pushing their boundaries and exploring new styles.

 

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