Album Review: Big Sean & Jhene Aiko - Twenty88


This duo has collaborated many times before with much success, and now they've delivered a full project together. Balance is the beauty of Twenty88. Both so neatly blend their separate unique styles into one artistic expression, with Big Sean performing over more jazz and soul influenced instrumentals, and Jhene speeding up her vocal tempo from its typical leisurely pace. The EP plays out like a "It's Complicated" Facebook status, which gives great entertainment value. Songs range from bitter ex talk and painful break ups, to sexual desires and hopeful lovers.

Jhene Aiko has impressive control throughout. Her runs are are never over sung, or overbearing to the record, and every word is always at the perfect octave. Big Sean even manages to carry a note, such as on "Selfish" and "Memories Faded" where the two sing together. Twenty88 is very melodic yet it still gives room for creative lyrical content. Both artist have several memorable lines and well crafted cadences, like on "Deja Vu" and "On The Way".

Twenty88 is arguable the best release of 2016 so far. Every song has replay power, and it can run straight through with ease. The short track list only makes you go back for more from the top, and refrains from making you feel short changed. Hopefully Twenty88 will hit the road come the warmer months.


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