It’s definitely frustrating to have people come at something from a place of ignorance, but I don’t think you should have to be mired in the culture of any artistic movement to be able to critique and analyze works from said movement. As a long-time lover of metal (and a recent lover of R&B) I do totally understand where she’s coming from, however.
I love this album, I don’t care if he jacks The Weeknd’s steez a little too blatantly sometimes. I want there to be more R&B concept albums. It’s an idea that really appeals to me and lends itself well to the genre.
Pop music with orchestral backing is my shit, has always been but especially so recently. It’s been influencing my thinking and making me realize I’m not making my work as full and beautiful and curiosity-inducing as I could be.
“King Park” by La Dispute is probably the best song I’ve heard in a long time, but “Wedding Crasher” by The-Dream is very close, and far more addictive(though much less emotionally devastating). The day That Girl is finally out of my grasp forever, I can absolutely see playing this on repeat, all day long.
Also, “I hate to have to crash your wedding with this shit” is probably one of the best opening lines ever.
Just getting around to listening to this. I’m about halfway through and I dig it a lot so far; the production is a little more nuanced than on House of Balloons, although the price of that is that it’s also a little less dramatic. Depending on what you thought about his first release though, that might be a good thing. You can download it for free at his site.