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After the release of four singles, Japanese singer-songwriter Joji, finally drops his sophomore album. Nectar follows his 2018 release, BALLADS 1. Although fans expected the July release of the album it was postponed to October and we cannot complain.
Joji’s artistry is going through a metamorphosis and Nectar seems to display this transition even more. He collaborates with Diplo, Omar Apollo, Lil Yachty, rei brown, BENEE, and Yves Tumor. With collaborations like this, of course, there is a difference in the sound of the album, it is less chill like BALLADS 1.
He has come a long way from his YouTube days, this is not Filthy Frank, but Joji the singer. With 18 songs running over 55 minutes, Nectar is more emotive than his earlier work and is clear why fans cannot get enough.
On a whole, Nectar feels like a detachment from emotions and just like with his first album, Joji transparency is what fans mostly can relate with.
This album addresses loss and suggests a struggle with antidepressants, and giving too much of yourself and these are subjects fans can relate with. With the branch out in his sonic palette, this album unlike BALLADS 1 seems like it can take you through the different wave of emotions that come with feeling low.
Some distinct tracks on the album include Sanctuary, MODUS, Daylight, Run, Upgrade, Gimme Love, and Mr. Hollywood. The album is tight and consistent. All the tracks hold up.
While some of the components of this album may not seem original, but his progress is completely refreshing and this album is an 8/10.