19 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Screenwriter, comedian, rapper, and singer Donald Glover uses his tool kit to maximum effect on his second album. He satirizes the narcissistic, voyeuristic nature of video-sharing with mounting agitation on trappy “Worldstar,” rapping “We all Big Brother now” before the song gives in to a languid sax outro; he ignites his romantic charm for the hazy R&B of “III. Telegraph Ave. ('Oakland' by Lloyd).” On “3005,” Glover’s sweetly melodic, loyalty-pledging chorus floats between jaded bars that suggest loneliness even as his star ascends.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Screenwriter, comedian, rapper, and singer Donald Glover uses his tool kit to maximum effect on his second album. He satirizes the narcissistic, voyeuristic nature of video-sharing with mounting agitation on trappy “Worldstar,” rapping “We all Big Brother now” before the song gives in to a languid sax outro; he ignites his romantic charm for the hazy R&B of “III. Telegraph Ave. ('Oakland' by Lloyd).” On “3005,” Glover’s sweetly melodic, loyalty-pledging chorus floats between jaded bars that suggest loneliness even as his star ascends.

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