After announcing retirement upon the release of his album, “No Pressure,” Logic has returned with his new project, “Vinyl Days.”
“Vinyl Days” is Logic’s seventh and, according to the artist, final album with the Def Jam Recordings label before going independent. “Vinyl Days” is an immense 30-track project consisting of a healthy mix of skits and songs. Logic comes on every track with his old-school MC style, delivering performances laden with lyrical verses that take precedence over the beat. The beats themselves consist of in-your-face “boom-bap” drums and bass that accentuate Logic’s delivery while staying far enough in the background that they take no attention from the lyrical wordplay that Logic has based his career around. However, this signature style and lengthy tracklist have a negative effect on the album as a whole.
The “boom-bap” style seems to get repetitive on such a lengthy project, and after a few songs, the beats seem to meld together and make the tracks sound the same. This becomes a further issue with Logic’s delivery, as Logic chooses to use a “mad-lib” style of rap with the absence of a hook or chorus. This consistent style, mixed with the aforementioned beats, start to make the tracks on the album seem generic even though each track tells a unique story.
The features on the album are extremely versatile, ranging from The Game to Action Bronson. Even Royce Da 5’9 has a feature. However, the best performance comes from a lesser-known artist Nezi Momodu on the appropriately named track “Introducing Nezi”. Nezi perfectly compliments Logic’s style with her own aggressive MC flow, possibly even outshining Logic.
In totality, Logic’s album is everything a true Logic fan would love. Despite the critique on the generality of some tracks, “Vinyl Days” is everything that makes Logic the artist he is. The project comes from a personal place in Logic, a statement reinforced by the ending track “Sayonara,” where Logic expresses his love and respect for everyone that he has worked with at Def Jam Recordings. Logic also touches on his reason for retirement in “BLACKWHITEBOY,” stating that he was uninspired. This personal side of Logic, mixed with his signature style, creates a project that is truly special. Becoming something akin to a passion piece rather than a studio release.
In short, if you are a fan of Logic, “Vinyl Days” will be an enjoyable new listen with plenty of content to keep you satisfied until his next release.
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