Brockhampton – Iridescence - 2018 Hip Hop - Clear Vinyl 2LP
Brockhampton – Iridescence
Question Everything, Inc. – 19075-90439-1, RCA – 19075-90439-1
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Clear
14 Dec 2018
Hardcore Hip-Hop, Experimental, Pop Rap, Contemporary R&B
A1 New Orleans
A2 Thug Life
A4 Something About Him
A5 Where The Cash At
C13 San Marcos
Written-By, Arranged By, Performer – Brockhampton
Initially only available through Brockhampton’s merch site, subsequent copies were sold online via various vinyl retailers before being made available everywhere. Comes in a gatefold sleeve, pressed on clear vinyl. Includes code for free mp3 download of this album.
℗&© 2018 Question Everything, Inc. under exclusive license to RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Iridescence was recorded in 2018 at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK & The BH Factory, Hawaii, USA
Assisted at Abbey Road Studios
Album mixed at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK
Assisted at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK
except track D14 mixed by Russel "Joba" Boring at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK & NealHPogue for Roselle New Jersey at The Mix Room, Burbank, CA
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA
All tracks written, arranged and produced for Question Everything, Inc. under exclusive license to RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Track B8 features a clip from The Sahde 45 featuring DH Whoo Kid and Cam'ron. Courtesy of Sirius Radio.
Track C10 contains excerpts from "Doh Blame Me", performed by Lavaman, written by James Charles and Marcus James. Published by Homebase Music. Courtesy of Homebase Music.
Track C11 contains excerpts from "Dance For You" written by Beyoncé Knowles, Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash and published by EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP) obo itself and B-Day Publlishing (ASCAP), Universal Music Corp (ASCAP) obo itself and RZE Music Publishing (ASCAP) and WB Music Corp. Contains a sample of "Dance For You (Extended Version)" performed by Beyoncé, used courtesy of Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Contains excerpts from "Bump," performed by Brockhampton. Published by Summer LaBeouf Music/These Are Pulse Songs (BMI), Cape Coast Camelot Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Harley's Wonder Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Solar Powered Human Resources Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Perfect Haircut Publishing/These Are Pulse Songs (BMI), Piggy Nelson Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) & Spike Spiegel Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI). Courtesy of Question Everything, Inc.
Jaden Smith appears courtesy of MSFTSMusic/Roc Nation (track A1)
Serpentwithfeet appears courtesy of Secretly Canadian (track D14)
All text stylized in all caps, except the album title stylized in lowercase.
Track positions are listed sequentially, as they are on the release.
Pressing plant, manufacturer and lacquer cut credits identified through runouts.
( C+S) " The Good: The album opens with “New Orleans”, a foot-stomping banger. The six primary vocalists all find a different pocket in the beat. It’s the contrast that works so well, and throughout the album BROCKHAMPTON are willing to manipulate their voices to be high enough, low enough, or distorted enough to provide listeners with a fresh sound.
Kevin Abstract spits Iridescence’s most emotionally vulnerable verse on “Weight”. He raps about times he’s felt inadequate, such as when his bandmate was struggling with mental health issues, or the shame he experienced with his adolescent girlfriend before he knew he was gay.
“Honey” samples Beyoncé and showcases the production side of BROCKHAMPTON (including Romil Hemnani and Q3) at their most ambitious. Bearface takes the lead on “San Marcos”, a lovely folk-pop ode to the band’s beginnings in San Marcos, Texas. Throughout, Iridescence is an excessive and exuberant listen.
The Bad: Did you know that in the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), Chewbacca’s father, a wookie named Itchy, watches a softcore pornographic musical in Chewbacca’s living room? That’s pretty bad! There’s nothing really bad about Iridescence, though. Sometimes all that exuberance feels a little unfocused, but it’s only a little, and who cares when you’re having this much fun?
The Verdict: BROCKHAMPTON has made a statement for the Streaming Age, the ADHD Age; because who needs radio or playlists when you have an album that leaps from partying to personal stories, from quiet romance to cuban links? Iridescence is full-to-bursting; it’s like almost eating too much food, almost drinking too much booze; it’s getting close to too much, and still asking for more."