Thursday, September 6
Better than: Going to sleep and hoping that someone else got this story right.
Generally speaking, I have no problem with a narrative. Artists influence artists, and sounds influence sounds. Sometimes an artist or a sound is so compelling or so right for the moment that traces of it seem to appear just about everywhere. Other times, however, that narrative becomes a crutch on which critics can lean and blinders that can turn a genre as diverse as ever into a reflection onto the souls of two men. Sadly, this is how things work inor really aroundcontemporary r&b, where either a poverty of knowledge or imagination leaves many unable to talk about Jeremih's excellent new mixtape, Late Nights, without invoking the always coupled, actually-very-different "Frank Ocean and the Weeknd," sometimes even in the subhead.More »