ALBUM REVIEW: Childish Gambino’s ‘Awaken, My Love!’

By Joseph Rowan / LifeAtStart.com Reporter

When I first heard Redbone by Childish Gambino, I was honestly surprised. I thought Gambino would follow his style from his last album Because The Internet but he did not, and he changed his style to funk and soul.

A lot of people cannot get into Gambino’s new album, Awaken, My Love!, because of the drastic style change, but I decided to give it a listen. After going through the album twice over winter break, I finally have an opinion on it.

The production on this album is about ten times better than his previous album. Gambino also uses a falsetto voice throughout most of his songs, most notably Me and Your Mama, and it works really well with the synthesizers and guitars. The album has a certain atmosphere that goes with the funk and soul vibe of the production; this atmosphere is used in every song and is almost tangible.

The album in its entirety is a tribute to famous funk, soul, and rock bands from the 70’s and 80’s. My favorite songs featured on the album are Redbone and Me and Your Mama. Both of these songs really show Gambino’s talent.

If I had to rate this album I would give it a 7 out of 10.

What would your rating be? You can tell me at joerow018@gmail.com.

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