Updated: Aug 3, 2021
SEPTEMBER 25, 2020
88RISING RECORDS/12TONE MUSIC
Have you ever been on a rollercoaster? Ohh who am I kidding? Of course, you have. You know how when you’re climbing the big hill and you mentally hype yourself up to take that big drop, but then you get to the top and it turns out to be just a small, semi-exciting hill? That's how it felt listening to Joji's sophomore album Nectar.
Despite the success of his debut album BALLADS I, Nectar proved to be an underwhelming album that showed many signs of a turnaround but ultimately leaves listeners disappointed, resulting in a decent album at best.
I wanted so bad for this album to take the express lane out of mediocrity and send me down a highway of musical bliss. But alas, it did not. The album as a whole does grow on you the more you listen to it but still fails to repeat the same satisfaction that his first album gave us.
Despite the mediocrity though, Nectar did feature a couple of very good songs that easily stood out. “Sanctuary” and “Daylight” were the clear-cut hits of this album with “Like You Do” surprisingly being one of my close favorites. In this song, Joji writes a beautiful piano ballad that can hit anybody’s emotional chord with its simplicity and lyrical strength.
Two years ago, Joji did a fantastic job of stepping away from the Filthy Frank persona and showed the world that he is more than just an internet personality who relies on absurdism and shock value humor for entertainment. His unique music style of smooth, lo-fi hip hop and soulful vocals has made Joji emerge as one of the best new artists in the industry.
Although this album misses in many ways, the few big hits on the album are enough to help keep him in the public eye and continue to make him a big name in the industry.
Overall, this album was a little hard to judge because Joji is definitely an artist whose success relies on situational vibes. Put me in a snuggie just after midnight with a Bud Light Seltzer in my hand and I’m sure I’d appreciate this album a lot more. Unfortunately for me, this isn’t possible too often because I’m getting old and easily grow tired around 11.
Keep rockin’ ya’ll 🤘
Favorite Tracks: Sanctuary | Daylight | Like You Do
Least Favorite Tracks: Upgrade | Pretty Boy
Nectar is now available on Spotify!