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Bryson Tiller – A N N I V E R S A R Y (Album Review)

Bryson Tiller returns with “A N N I V E R S A R Y.”


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TOP 5

 

5. ALWAYS FOREVER

“Always Forever” is a solid R&B jam.

“Always Forever” is powered by a pretty smooth beat. Over it, Bryson Tiller sings passionately about the troublesome relationship that he has with his main chick. While I prefer to hear Tiller sound cocky, I don’t mind hearing him sound vulnerable like he does on this song.

 

 

4. NEXT TO YOU

“Next To You” closes A N N I V E R S A R Y out very beautifully.

I just love how “Next To You” feels on my soul. The song is powered by an instrumental that straddles the line between sluggish and lively and a vocal performance by Bryson Tiller that straddles the line between soulful and sly. As for lyrically, on his verses, Tiller lets the world know how important it is to have someone in your life that you can kiss, that you can miss, and that you can diss.

 

 

3. YEARS GO BY

“Years Go By” would fit in nicely on T R A P S O U L.

Personally, I love it when Bryson Tiller lets loose on a song. With that being said, on “Years Go By,” he holds absolutely nothing back! From the moment that you press play on the song, you get a passionate vocal performance and nothing but unapologetic lyrics. You also get a beat that boasts both smooth and tumultuous vibes. All in all, “Years Go By” is the perfect intro song to an album that we have been waiting a long damn time for.

 

 

2. SORROW

“Sorrow” is deeper than my credit card debt.

Make sure that you enjoy the intoxicating instrumental, the dynamic vocal performance, and the succulent melodies that you hear on “Sorrow,” but don’t you dare ignore the lyrics that you hear on the song! The way Bryson opens up about relying on his chick like she’s a closer for a World Series contender is intriguing to listen to. You also have to admire how he switches between a jilted lover and a dude that simply wants someone to comfort him on the song.

 

 

 

1. OUTTA TIME

It’s about time that Bryson Tiller and Drake linked up for a song!

Let’s be real, Bryson Tiller wouldn’t be a household name if it wasn’t for Drake. The two musicians have similar styles and don’t mind getting as vulnerable as a quarterback without a good offensive line on their songs. On “Outta Time,” Drake and Bryson bounce off each other’s fearless vocals, overly-dramatic lyrics, and erratic deliveries.

Drake and Bryson Tiller sound like every single dude that was ever on Love Island on this song.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. YEARS GO BY (4/5)

2. ALWAYS FOREVER (4/5)

3. I’M READY FOR YOU (3/5)

4. THINGS CHANGE (3/5)

5. TIMELESS INTERLUDE (4/5)

6. SORROWS (4/5)

7. INHALE (3/5)

8. OUTTA TIME (4/5)

9. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING (4/5)

10. NEXT TO YOU (4/5)


OVERALL RATING

(B)

 

When Bryson Tiller first came out, there weren’t many dudes in the industry that sounded like him; these days, there are way too many Tillers to count. Knowing this, I can tell that the Louisville musician wanted to give the world an obnoxious version of himself on A N N I V E R S A R Y. To be more specific, throughout the album, I feel like Tiller tries extra hard to sound vulnerable, he tries extra hard to sound like a dude that would give up everything he has for true love, and he tries extra hard to blur the line between R&B and hip-hop music. Though he no longer has the ‘It” factor that he once had, you have to love the fact that he believes relying on his truth can carry him to the finish line of albums.

I’m not going to lie, I could’ve used a little more Pen Griffey and a lot fewer soul samples on this album… Welp, I guess beggars can’t be choosers.

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