ALBUM REVIEW: Logic – Everybody

Sorry we’re late on reviewing this! A lot of music has come out recently and it’s been a little difficult to keep track of all of them. Nevertheless, we have a ton of new reviews headed your way. These include the new albums from Mac Demarco, Paramore, Perfume Genius, Harry Styles, and PWR BTTM. Enough chit chat though, let’s dive into this new album by Logic!

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Logic – Everybody

If you ever get to know me, you’ll quickly find out what artists I absolutely “stan” for (Stan referring to a fan who is obsessed with a particular artist. Term was coined by Eminem) Among the obvious ones like the Kanye’s and David Bowie’s sits Logic, a rapper hailing from Maryland that has put out a lot of quality work in the past. His early Young Sinatra mixtapes are widely praised as being some of the best in their respective years and  The Incredible True Story was one of my favorite albums of 2015. So, to say that I was excited about this album would be a massive understatement. My excitement grew even more when the singles “Everybody” and “Black SpiderMan” were released.

It’s no secret that the topics of race and individuality are important to Logic. His early mixtapes contained numerous lyrics about being misunderstood because he was mixed and how this affected his childhood in a lot of ways. Under Pressure, Logic’s first studio album, was a gritty and harsh look at his environment. On Everybody, he dives deeper into that, but with a more nuanced perspective. Logic also talks about acceptance and equality on this album which is something that ties into his “peace, love, and positivity mantra. The messages on this album are obviously nice and well-intended, but Logic never goes deeper than surface level on these subjects. It’s like if someone were trying to do a speech about how to achieve world peace and the speaker saying”Hey guys, can’t we all just get along” and nothing deeper than that. It comes off like something that a 5th grader would say.

Take the track “Killing Spree” where Logic talks about social media and how people are literally living their lives through their technology. Not an inherently bad song topic, but the “technology is consuming society” stuff has been done ad nauseum at this point. Another questionable song for me is “Take It Back”, which is a track about Logic’s environment growing up and the racism he’s experienced from both white and black people.  Something he’s done before, of course, but here he gives a bit more of a personal story in the latter half. Problem is, this story literally takes up a majority of the song with the track clocking in at around 6 minutes. All the while, he wastes an excellent beat.

“Take It Back” isn’t the only track to feature these kind of monologues or skits. In fact, astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson narrates the album as a god-like figure for the course of the album. Skits are usually fine by me if they are done correctly. Under Pressure and The Incredible True Story used skits to its advantage  by pushing the narrative forward whilst not making the album feel bloated. On Everybody, the skits take up a fair chunk of the album, including a 12 minute closer with an admittedly pretty nice J. Cole verse. Fortunately, Neil does a good job narrating, but they still feel like a chore to get through because of the length. If I’m being honest, I usually just skip them.

Despite all of these negatives, I can still say that I still enjoyed Everybody. There a ton of negatives, no doubt, but the good stuff here is really really good. The production on this album is immaculate (when Logic isn’t doing spoken word over it) and Logic’s flow over a lot of these songs is on point. The features on Everybody are also great, my favorites being Damian Lamar Hudson on Black Spiderman and Alessia Cara and Khalid on 1-800-273-8255. Other notable songs are “Ink Blot and the intro cut “Hallelujah”. “The track “America” is probably my personal favorite on the album as Logic goes political and talks about the current state of America including Kanye West’s now infamous meeting with President Donald Trump.

George Bush don’t care about black people
2017 and Donald trump is the sequel so
Shit, I’ll say what Kanye won’t
Wake the fuck up and give the people what they want
Man it’s all love but the youth is confused
Your music is 2020 but them political views
Is blurred I ain’t trying leave ya name slurred
‘Cause honestly I idolize you on everything, my word
But I gotta say what need be said

Cause I ain’t fuckin with that hat, with the colors that’s white and red

The songs “Anziety” and “1-800-273-8255” both talk about Logic’s recent dealings depression and anxiety. As a person who struggles with both, these two tracks immediately became instantly relatable. Logic retells a story about how he had an anxiety attack at a Star Wars  screening.  It’s a topic that Logic hasn’t discussed before and it really stuck with me after I listened to it. “1-800-273-8255” is about suicide and features beautiful vocals from both Alessia Cara and Khalid.

All this other shit I’m talkin’ ’bout they think they know it
I’ve been praying for somebody to save me, no one’s heroic
And my life don’t even matter
I know it I know it I know I’m hurting deep down but can’t show it
I never had a place to call my own
I never had a home
Ain’t nobody callin’ my phone
Where you been? Where you at? What’s on your mind?
They say every life precious but nobody care about mine

Overall, I think that Everybody is an above average album, not great, but a solid project that over time I could potentially see growing on me. Out of the two other studio albums that Logic has released thus far, however, this one is probably my least favorite. Besides “Black SpiderMan”, “Everybody”, and “Ink Blot”, it’s very hard to find replay value out of this record. The use of too many skits and a lack of depth in the subject matter of the album are its main flaws. If you can find a cut of the album without the skits or one that reduces their prominence through the album, then go with that. Still, the parts that were good were very enjoyable and definitely worth checking out.

7.1/10

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