GINGER Review

     The story of BROCKHAMPTON so far has been a rollercoaster of emotion. The boyband became successful seemingly overnight as they took the world by storm with the release of their first three albums, SATURATION 1, 2, and 3. The group received great praise for the refreshing production, the talent of those in the group, and their willingness to accept differences and stand up for what they believe in. After the release of these three and two successful US tours, it seemed as if things couldn’t get better for the collective as they prepared to release their fourth album. But unfortunately, things seemed to take a turn for the worse. Ameer Vann, one of the several performers in the group and the face of all three SATURATION albums, was accused of sexual misconduct by several women. On May 27, 2018, BROCKHAMPTON made the decision to kick Ameer Vann out of the group because of these allegations.

     To many this spelt doom for the group since they had lost the vocalist who to some was the best lyricist. It seemed that they had lost a magic that they could never regain again. Even though they would try with their fourth IRIDESCENCE, the reception of the record didn’t equate to the eagerness for any of the SATURATION albums. The group took time to soul search and recover from losing everything they gained just as quickly as they gained it, and in the process of trying to deal with these problems, they crafted their fifth studio album, GINGER. 

     Out of all of the albums BROCKHAMPTON has released, GINGER is the album in which all of the members of the group feel the most together. On all of the other albums, their was clearly a member who contributed the most and shined above the rest, however on the newest album it feels that everyone brought their best to everything they did. The entire album feels like a slice of the groups journey through dealing with what they’ve been through in a very therapeutic way and made the statement that they have come out on the better side better because of it. This theme is most evident on the song DEARLY DEPARTED, a song in which the group goes into details about the losses they’ve had to cope with in life, making for a very emotional statement, especially with the inclusion of a music video for the song.

     When listening to GINGER, it feels as if the group had no other alternative motives than to create good music and share their experiences to a crowd that was willing to listen, and in  that I would say they succeeded.