Last Friday, Travis Scott released the heavily anticipated ASTROWORLD that has since been all the rage. With the heavy emphasis on new Album drops this year, Travis Scott’s album, unlike many others, was not a disappointment.
Despite the diversity in each song, the consistency doesn’t let you forget that this is a Travis Scott original. However, has that originality become a flaw or something that reminds us of him? Most people would agree that his sound, is his trademark, but I like to think it’s something still experimental and growing.
And while it continues to grow, and he continues to experiment, it still sounds like something delivered from him. A flaw? Not one bit. While on this album he lacks a play on words, we are literally and metaphorically taken on various trips to what used to be ASTROWORLD.
The Houston native makes it clear how heavy the concept is reliable in each song. From not only the titles and the visuals, but down to little intricate sounds that you could miss if you only listen once.
Scott has become the reason we’ve finally realized that maybe surprise features feel like jump scares. Yet, the expectations are altered. Hearing Frank Ocean on a track was a win, and putting Drake on the following track left us like a deer in headlights. ASTROWORLD is an album filled with many surprises, much like your hometown carnival amusement park.
Some tracks where Scott remains consistent with that idea are, ‘NC ’17’, ‘Skeletons’, ‘Bystanders’ and of course, ‘Carousel’ and ‘Sicko Mode’.
Despite the album almost being everything you did and didn’t expect, there are a lot of abrupt endings. Ones that often leave you wanting more. Or ones that leave you guessing why something with so much quality would not also serve quantity.
That’s why the longevity of this project is up for interpretation and decided by the fans. The substance is present in most ways, yet lacks in others. Regardless, the production is one of the best to surface the music industry in a year that is slowly coming to its end. That alone could revive what ASTROWORLD means to people.
Overall, I would rate this a 7/10.
Have you taken a trip to ASTROWORLD? Take a listen below!