Rod Wave – Beautiful Mind (Album Review)

Rod Wave promises that “Beautiful Mind” will be his last “sad” album.



5. Never worry about me

If Rod Wave thinks he slipped on “Never Get Over Me,” this song deserves a spot on this list.

At the very end of “Never Get Over Me,” Rod Wave gave himself a pat on the back for what he was able to do in the song. While I didn’t really like his verses (he sounded a little limp), the way he says you’ll “never get over me” over and over with one minute left made me applaud him. Sometimes, having something stuck in the listener’s head can trump everything else.

4. Jungen

“Yungen” is inspirational music at its best.

On “Yungen,” Rod Wave and Jack Harlow sing and rap about their unique ideas and modern day success. While Rod, who in the song sings like his life depends on it, comes across more as a man who then embraces being different and is grateful to be out of the mud, Harlow, who raps defiantly, comes across as someone who turns attention to his haters and feels he deserves every ounce of influence he’s received. It is very interesting to hear the combination of the two styles.

Jack Harlow’s wordplay and accents on this song are fantastic. I f**k with the phrase, “Rod Wave, it’ll be a while before we rock.”


3. Sweet Little Lies

“Sweet Little Lies” has the perfect combination of poignancy and soulfulness.

“Sweet Little Lies” is one of those songs that will make your ears prick up. The passionate yet well-crafted hook is noteworthy, and Rod Wave’s effort vocally is incredibly impressive. Also, Rod’s explosive rap about how he lacks real support in life must strike you as so profound. Overall, Sweet Little Lies is too strong to ignore.

2. Stone Rolling

Songs like this make me look at Rod Wave as a country singer.

The hook for “Stone Rolling” has no business poking me in the heart the way it does. Also, Rod Wave’s lyrics about spending time on the road and trying to find a place to call home just hit my soul. If you’re a whiner, hold the tissues close to you as you listen to this joint.

1. Alone

Holy shit, “One” made me text my toxic ex “hello, big head.”

I won’t lie, I didn’t like this song when I first heard it. I kind of thought it sounded like every other Rod Wave song I’ve ever heard in my life. After listening to it for the fifth time, I finally got hooked.

What I love about this song is how Rod Wave takes his time with the lyrics about overcoming hard times in the name of love. He really destroys the ideas of optimistic lovers. I also love how his roaring vocals hit just as hard as his nimble ones (Rod also does a good job of making them play well off each other).

Fun fact: “Alone” is a bit of a twist on Ed Sheeran’s “UNI” track; a song by a British singer that Rod called his favorite.


1. One (4.5/5)

2. Yungen (Ft. Jack Harlow) (4/5)

3. Never worry about me (4/5)

4. Stone Rolling (4.5/5)

5. I Know It (4/5)

6. Forever (4/5)

7. No deal (4/5)

8. Quiet storm (3/5)

9. Sweet Little Lies (4.5/5)

10. Heart of Rockstar (3.5/5)

11. Fading (4/5)

12. Time Kills (Lovers) (3/5)

13. Druski Phone Skit (N/A)

14. Carry On (3/5)

15. Never Find Us (4/5)

16. Mafia (3.5/5)

17. Me against the world (3/5)

18. Parts (3.5/5)

19. Fri. ADMIRE)

20. Everything (3/5)

21. Marriage next year (3.5/5)

22. Better (3.5/5)

23. Next to you (4/5)

24. Cold December (4/5)


(C+)

Holy shit, this album sounded better when I listened to it in the morning instead of in the afternoon. Seriously, listen to this joint before you brush your teeth.

I truly believe that in the world we live in today, there are more sad people than happy people. So when you hear bragging music, chances are you’re listening to music that isn’t meant for you. That being said, I think beautiful mind with its powerful themes, moving instrumentals and deep vocals, it’s the kind of music that’s easy to relate to. Yes, there are tons of rappers out there today making emotional hip-hop music; however, I don’t think there are many (if any) that double, triple and quadruple emotional vibrations like Rod does.

Don’t you just love that Rod doesn’t rely on features on this album? It seems that he feels comfortable only when he is engaged in what seems organic to him. In fact, the fact that Jack Harlow is one of the only elements on this album tells me that the Kentucky rapper can be considered real to other real people. In general, A beautiful mind it’s a job where you get to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly that goes through someone’s mind continuous. Exist no distractions, no influence-based activities or outside influences; just words from the heart. I can’t tell you how much I respect that.

My only complaint about this album is that it’s a bit long. If Rod had decided to split this crap into 14 or 15 best tracks, I think it could have been nominated for album of the year. Because after a certain point I feel like everything starts to fade. But to be honest, the first twelve songs really impressed me.

Rod Wave is outselling artists we think of as gods by doing things completely their own way. If he continues to stay true to himself, find what the hell he’s into, and keep outside influences at bay, I think he could end up on the Mount Rushmore of rappers.

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