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  • Writer's pictureLiam Tyler

REVIEW: BLK ODYSSY - DIAMONDS & FREAKS


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BLK ODYSSY's sophomore album, "DIAMONDS & FREAKS," takes listeners on a stimulating and immersive musical journey through the realm of passionate love and the struggles of addiction. This 15-track concept album showcases BLK ODYSSY's consistency, authenticity, and creative prowess.


The album opens with the jazz-infused allure of "DOPAMINE & HENNESSY," where BLK ODYSSY's raw vocals layered over captivating brass, wind, and string instruments immediately draw listeners into a nostalgia-infused experience. The seamless flow between tracks becomes evident as the album progresses, effortlessly connecting each song and unfolding like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Throughout the album, BLK ODYSSY skillfully incorporates a diverse range of musical elements, including R&B, soul, hip-hop, funk, and pop, creating a unique fusion that keeps listeners engaged. The instrumentation, featuring trumpets, saxophones, plucked strings, and harmonious backing vocals, adds depth and richness to the overall sound.


One notable aspect of "DIAMONDS & FREAKS" is the impressive lineup of featured artists. Rapsody's contribution stands out, showcasing a softer, funk-infused tone and offering a refreshing departure from her usual lyrical prowess. Other notable collaborations include Eimaral Sol, KIRBY, The Alchemist, Grace Sorensen, and STOUT, each adding their unique touch to the album.


Among the standout tracks on the album are "DOPAMINE & HENNESSY," "ADAM & EVE," "HONEYSUCKLE NECKBONE," "DIAMONDS & FREAKS," "PINK MARMALADE," and "ORANGE WINE." These songs exemplify BLK ODYSSY's ability to create compelling material that authentically narrates the turmoil of a deeply erotic love affair.

The album's concept, presented as an erotic novel divided into four distinct sections, explores BLK ODYSSY's internal struggle between success and various addictions. It delves into the influences of religion, faith, family, and loss, all of which serve as anchors pulling him back to reality. The charismatic narration of Bootsy Collins and the spoken-word artistry of Keisha Plum from rap collective Griselda add an extra layer of depth and storytelling to the project.


BLK ODYSSY's masterful storytelling is evident in tracks like "HONEYSUCKLE NECKBONE," where Bootsy Collins weaves together unfiltered narrative and choral harmonies, and "JUDAS & THE HOLY MOTHER OF STANK," a provocative exploration of seduction and relinquishing of self.


With "DIAMONDS & FREAKS," BLK ODYSSY demonstrates his ability to seamlessly blend genres and create a cohesive body of work that stimulates the imagination. The album's authenticity, creativity, and profound storytelling make it a captivating and noteworthy addition to BLK ODYSSY's discography. As an artist, he continues to push boundaries and establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.



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