Skip to main content

Album Review: Angel's Pulse by Blood Orange

This post is sponsored by Skillshare. Get two free months by clicking the link below or clicking here! Learn a new skill or hobby by watching the online courses! With over 7 million people and more than 29,000 courses, there's a lot to learn from. There is also a free option that gives you access to plenty of content. Join today to start learning!

Blood Orange, or Dev Hynes, is a British singer and songwriter who just released a new mixtape, Angel's Pulse. This mixtape is supposed to be a sequel, or epilogue, to his 2018 album Negro Swan. While his 2018 album was the first time I listened to his music, I wasn't blown away by it, but I enjoyed it. This mixtape is made up of several different short tracks, which makes it easier for listeners to stay focused throughout the mixtape.

The first track is I Wanna C U. It's a short track that is just barely over a minute long. The track has a very distinct, twangy guitar sound that is going to be used throughout the album. The second track, Something To Do, has the same guitar, with a little more reverb this time. There's a random guitar solo towards the beginning of the song, but it is a short track that is less than a minute long.

Dark & Handsome is the first full-length track off of the mixtape. This track has a fun feature from Toro y Moi, who actually released an album earlier this year. This track is filled with sadness, as he's realized that nothing lasts forever, which could reference a breakup or even a friend passing away. In the first verse, he mentions his friends that passed away in 2018, Sam Mehran and Mac Miller.

Benzo is probably my favorite track from the first half of the mixtape. This is a great track that has a soulful feeling to it, especially when you have a group of people singing during the chorus. According to the artist, this track is about other's not realizing your worth. However, it is also a lack of self-worth, so the person has to put aside his ego.

The next track, Birmingham, uses an excerpt from a poem by Dudley Randall. The song and poem talk about the church bombing in the 1960s. It is definitely a change of pace compared to the last track, but it does a great job portraying the tragedy, and how the mother felt when she lost her child to the attack.

Good For You is one of the two tracks that feature the phenomenal singer, Justine Skye. Just like most of the other tracks, it features the beautiful guitar. Blood Orange also distorts some of his vocals during the chorus.

Baby Florence (Figure) is the next track off the mixtape. It starts off with an energetic beat, but cuts out for a little bit and slows back down before Blood Orange comes in with his vocals. This is one of the few songs that he recorded when he was in Florence.

Gold Teeth is the introduction to the last half of the mixtape, which I enjoy much more than the first half. This is more hip-hop heavy compared to the other tracks on here, but it also features one of the past members from Three 6 Mafia, Gangsta Boo. It's comparable to the original gangster rap of the 90s and early 2000s, but with a light piano beat in the background.

Berlin has a chill, laid back vibe to it. The guitar is playing so softly, but so entrancing when you listen to it. Blood Orange said he wrote this after a late night concert in Berlin, but had his friend Porches do a verse over the track. My only complaint is that this song is too short since it is just under two minutes.

After that, we have Tuesday Feeling (Choose To Stay). What I am getting from the song, this person is in this relationship that isn't good for them. They choose to ignore the bad signs, and they stay with this person.

Seven Hours Part I starts off with a 90s-like hip hop beat. This entire track features the underground rapper and producer, BennY RevivaL. Blood Orange met BennY RevivaL through a friend, and this is actually BennY RevivaL's first feature on a track.

Take It Back is another favorite of mine from this mixtape, mostly because it features a Brockhampton member, Joba. This is just another laid back beat added to the mixtape, and it is actually the longest track on here.

The next track we have is Happiness. According to Blood Orange, the lyrics in this song aren't supposed to be sad or depressing. He said that once you realize some things in life don't matter, it frees you. Then you can start focusing on the things that mean something to you.

The last track is Today and I love the synth at the very beginning, just because it gives us something different compared to the rest of the mixtape. This track talks about how he made a mistake by going outside, or leaving the house since nothing good is happening today. That could reference all of the problems in the country or the world.

What did you think of this mixtape? What were some of your favorite tracks? Let me know down in the comments section!
Overall Rating: 7/10
Favorite Tracks: Benzo, Gold Teeth, Berlin, Take It Back


Popular posts from this blog


This post is sponsored by Skillshare. Get two free months by clicking here! Learn a new skill or hobby by watching the online courses! With over 7 million people and more than 29,000 courses, there's a lot to learn from. There is also a free option that gives you access to plenty of content. Join today to start learning!

The boy band who swept a lot of people off their feet back in 2017 are back with their fifth studio album, GINGER. Brockhampton is a boy band originally formed in San Marcos, Texas. The group eventually moved to Los Angeles and grew in popularity.

The first track off the album is NO HALO. Compared to all of the other Brockhampton albums, this is a mellow opener. It starts off with a guitar and high pitched vocals. Throughout the track, members of the group talk about their imperfections and some of the issues they have faced. The title of the track, NO HALO, probably refers to the fact that they aren't perfect people. Merlyn stood out most on this track since …

Album Review: Happiness Begins by Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers are a pop/rock band that formed back in 2005. After nearly a 6 year hiatus, they have released their fifth studio album, Happiness Begins.

Sucker was the first single released for the album. After hearing this song, I was actually excited about the Jonas Brothers reuniting. I was never a fan of them when I was in middle school and high school, but I knew I had to give this new album a listen. I actually really enjoyed the first track and it hooked me into the album right away. It's a high energy pop song, something that will definitely gather some air time on the radio. This is a typical love song, where this person loves someone else greatly, and they would do anything for them. The Jonas Brothers might be referring to their wives since all three of them are married.

Cool was the second single released for the album. This song wasn't one of my favorite when first released, but it is growing on me. It opens up with a slow acoustic guitar, and then a drum beat…

Album Review: ZUU by Denzel Curry

Denzel Curry is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. ZUU was released on May 31, 2019 and marks Denzel Curry's fourth studio album. This album pays homage to his roots in Miami, Florida.

The first track of the album is the title track, ZUU. Zuu is a nickname for Carol City, which is a suburb in Miami. Denzel Curry talks about how he made a lot of money when he was in Miami, but now that he made some money, it is time for him to move out of the "Zuu". Even though he moved out, he's still giving credit to his home town Carol City, and the Miami-Dade area as a whole. The end of the track hints towards the next track, RICKY.

RICKY is the second track off the album and the first single Denzel Curry dropped for this project. This song actually pays tribute to Curry's father. This song takes us back to his childhood. His father, Ricky, would tell Denzel Curry stories from his childhood, as well as advice. Basically, his dad helped him grow up in Carol City and to…