Originally Posted by shoeking2101
Originally Posted by Ballinsam23
there are no bad songs, but there also aren't any great songs
Where is Gods Gift? Rise and Shine? Definitely should have saved one of those for this album.
Exactly. No Lost Ones, No Breakdown, etc.
BS - 7/10
Now that I think about it, those tracks are much more in line with Warm Up and his other mixtape material....they were just blended in with stuff like Nice Watch
, In the Morning (was ok I guess), and a few other songs that didn't do anything for me. I view Rise and Shine and Gods Gift as "debut songs" if that makes any sense
Like those tracks would've been weird if they were on Born Sinner, I see it as Cole going into a new area. Apparently from the interviews, he was actually going through depression a bit at certain points when recording the album and you can hear that on a lot of the early tracks of the album.
I really think that although the production is simpler sounding in parts, its more cohesive to me on BS. Even on Gods Gift the production is kinda redundant and sounds limited to a degree, on BS he expands on his sound a lot more (while toning it down). But even Lost Ones, Breakdown off SLS the production is dialed back to get his message across, which is more in line with how BS is. Those two songs are two of my favorite tracks off SLS too.
All and all though, I think BS is a part of a natural progression for Cole, SLS he primarily talked about coming up and struggling to make it and gave us his personal experiences similar to his mixtapes (his dad, his life as a kid-teen-young adult, stories about pregnancy,, past girlfriends etc). And BS is him now that he's "made it" to almost being a household name, and that brings on a whole new slew of problems and issues that he is going through...so the next step is him telling stories about his experience and warns about getting caught up, and temptations, even Mo Money talks about new problems he has w/ money now.
He also takes a few songs to speak about how the industry impacts artists and him specifically, and he sounds afraid to become that (he touches on that with Villuminati to a degree) and he shows his vulnerability on Let Down Nas while accepting who he is with Crooked Smile, I really like the cohesion of this album a lot more than SLS. There's definitely some weaker points but overall I think SLS felt more like a mixtape, with no real correlation, while BS has a much more cohesive sound. Both albums have really high highs, I just think the "lows" on BS are a lot higher than the lows on SLS. Off my second listen this is like an 8.6/10 which is great