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Published On: Tue, Apr 4th, 2017

Thundercat: Drunk


Bizarre album art featuring Thundercat’s (aka Stephen Bruner) half-submerged face gives you a good idea of what’s in store. At 23 tracks in length, Thundercat’s Drunk is odd, fun, and cohesive. “Captain Stupido” is lo-fi and fast. Bruner sings “I feel weird…still feel weird” and so will you as you continue to travel through the highs and lows of Drunk. “Uh Uh” is even faster. A brief jittery jazz track where bass, keys, and percussion race to the finish line, and it’s all over before you know it. “A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)” is probably the strangest and most fun track on the album. Thundercat literally meows and wishes for nine lives. Musically it’s still jazzy and continues the progressively more chill, less manic vibe that runs through this section of the album. “Lava Lamp” is somehow both somber and funky with lyrics full of longing. Meanwhile sweet and soft harmonies fill the spaces between smooth guitar riffs and gentle keys. A Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat collaboration may sound unlikely at first, but the rapper, who has famously incorporated jazz into his more recent projects, fits into this song perfectly. Bruner’s soft vocals are perfectly contrasted with Lamar’s distinct voice and confident rhymes, making “Walk On By” without a doubt one of the album’s most memorable tracks. “Friend Zone” is groovy and comical as Bruner announces that he’d rather be alone and play Mortal Kombat than be friend zoned. A quick and clear Lamar reference is sure to put a smile on any fan’s face. With a few noteworthy features (including Kenny Loggins and Pharrell Williams), and soft yet memorable melodies, Drunk will intoxicate your ears, get you dancing, tapping your feet, and singing along no matter how bad your falsetto.

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Thundercat: Drunk