Album Review: Ginger by Brockhampton
Henri Robbins | Online Editor
Publicized as a “Summer album” for the months before its release, Brockhampton’s Ginger fulfills that claim only in the broadest of senses, yet still knocks it absolutely out of the park. Opening with a somber guitar and the resounding cry of “I don’t know where I’m going,” the project immediately marks itself as a painfully open commentary of morality, later covered by a guise of killer instrumentals and well-versed wordplay, but still underpinned by the dark themes of the album. Throughout the tracks, members weave their way through topics of romance, religion, regret, and redemption, all underpinned by a common thread of betrayal – presumably in regards to former member Ameer Vann. While some tracks, such as Boy Bye, take on a more poppy, positive sound, they all lean to a more experimental style, taking in sound signatures and motifs from across decades to formulate a standalone, yet referencial sound. It takes in layers of sound and emotion, built up over the last few years of their work, and turns out a cohesive, strong, yet still emotionally vulnerable project. The boys explore the highs and lows of their lives, honing in on their time in Brockhampton but looking at their entire lives, coming to terms with their traumas and bringing it to a collection of heartbreaking ballads, intimate sounds, and soul-tearing lyrics, hitting an emotional climax at the grippingly reflective Dearly Departed and finding a mourning release with the closing Victor Roberts. All in all, the album serves as a both a reflection of the group’s past and a maturation of their sounds and perspectives, signifying a shift to a new era.
“When somebody that you know throws you in the fire, how do you survive?” – Dome McLennon, Dearly Departed