4 Your Eyez Only – J Cole – 7.5

J Cole’s 2016 album 4 Your Eyez Only is a different animal to his previous album 2014 FHD. Where FHD had a consistent style that wasn’t my favourite thing in the world but stuck to it well, 4YEO tries to implement a different style that is more accessible and easy to listen to but then executes them in a pretty messy way. The repetitive and melodic lines throughout the majority of these tracks are easy to get into and don’t have to think to much about, but they don’t always sound great and can be in danger of being too sleepy, such as on She’s Mine, Pt. 2, “I never felt so alive” Cole sings towards the end, but he sounds anything but alive tbh. But I appreciate the change in style nonetheless. The message and singing on some tracks can come off as a bit soppy at times, but the song Neighbors is great with a very interesting message and a definite high point for me. 4YEO is a less straight forward listen than FHD was and probably less important but it’s not bad really. It’s a pretty mixed bag with some really good high and some very sleepy and almost silly lows. Next up is KOD which I’m hoping will end my new series on a strong point.

1. For Whom The Bell Tolls – 7.4
2. Immortal – 8
3. Deja Vu – 8.2
4. Vile Mentality – 6.7
5. She’s Mine, Pt. 1 – 6.9
6. Change – 8.3
7. Neighbors – 8.5
8. Foldin Clothes – 7
9. She’s Mine, Pt. 2 – 5.7
10. 4 Your Eyez Only – 8.3