Saturation (Brockhampton album)

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Saturation
Brockhampton - Saturation.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 2017
RecordedMay 2017
Studio
GenreHip hop
Length51:02
Label
Producer
  • Rome Gomez (add.)
Brockhampton chronology
All-American Trash
(2016)
Saturation
(2017)
Saturation II
(2017)
Singles from Saturation
  1. "Face"
    Released: May 6, 2017
  2. "Heat"
    Released: May 16, 2017
  3. "Gold"
    Released: May 23, 2017
  4. "Star"
    Released: May 30, 2017

Saturation (stylized in all caps) is the debut studio album by American boy band Brockhampton, released on June 9, 2017.[2][3] It primarily features Brockhampton members Kevin Abstract, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, Matt Champion, Russell "Joba" Boring, and former member Ameer Vann. Group member Bearface also contributes to the album's closing track. Production was primarily handled by Romil Hemnani and Q3—a production duo consisting of Jabari Manwa and Kiko Merley, with additional production contributions by Joba, Bearface, and Rome Gomez.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
HotNewHipHop4.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork6.5/10[1]
Pretty Much AmazingB-[5]
RadioUTD4.5/5 stars[6]

Saturation received general acclaim from music critics upon its release. DJBooth's Brent Bradley praised the group's chemistry, noting that "With Saturation, Brockhampton has cemented themselves as a force to behold, the next in an all-too-short line of examples in which groups manage to fully realize their dynamic potential".[7] For RadioUTD, Roman Soriano referred to the group's members as "highly talented", continuing that "it’s incredible to think that this was put together in just three and a half weeks, given the complexity of this project", praising its "powerful lyricism, great storytelling, and ... cohesive but diverse sound".[6] In a less positive review, Pitchfork's Matthew Strauss called the album a "split between effortless cool and empty platitudes", praising the group's stylishness and assertiveness, but criticising the album's less aggressive moments as "sappy", revealing "the collective’s lyrical weakness".[1]

Year-end rankings[edit]

Publication List Rank Ref.
BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan's Top 50 Albums of 2017
12
Clash Clash Albums of the Year 2017
11
The Needle Drop Top 50 Albums of 2017
2
Vinyl Me, Please The Best Albums of 2017
25

Track listing[edit]

Album credits adapted from official liner notes.[3]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Heat"
  • Ameer Vann
  • William Wood
  • Dominique Simpson
  • Russell Boring
  • Matt Champion
  • Ian Simpson
Romil Hemnani4:32
2."Gold"
  • I. Simpson
  • Vann
  • Wood
  • Champion
  • D. Simpson
  • Boring
  • Q3 (Jabari Manwa
  • Kiko Merley)
  • Hemnani[b]
4:26
3."Star"
  • I. Simpson
  • Vann
  • D. Simpson
Manwa2:41
4."Boys"
  • I. Simpson
  • Vann
  • Wood
  • D. Simpson
  • Champion
  • Boring
  • Manwa
  • Hemnani[a]
4:38
5."2Pac"
  • Vann
  • I. Simpson
Kiko Merley1:02
6."Skit 1"
  • I. Simpson
  • Robert Ontenient
  • Manwa
Hemnani0:19
7."Fake"
  • I. Simpson
  • Vann
  • Wood
  • D. Simpson
  • Isaiah Merriweather
Q34:36
8."Bank"
  • I. Simpson
  • D. Simpson
  • Vann
  • Manwa
  • Hemnani[a]
3:16
9."Skit 2"
  • I. Simpson
  • Ontenient
  • Manwa
Hemnani0:16
10."Trip"
  • I. Simpson
  • Vann
  • D. Simpson
  • Boring
  • Hemnani
  • Kiko Merley[a]
3:23
11."Swim"
  • I. Simpson
  • Wood
  • D. Simpson
  • Boring
3:33
12."Bump"
  • I. Simpson
  • Vann
  • Wood
  • Champion
  • D. Simpson
2:38
13."Cash"
  • I. Simpson
  • Wood
  • Vann
  • Boring
  • D. Simpson
  • Hemnani
  • Manwa[a]
3:15
14."Skit 3"
  • I. Simpson
  • Ontenient
  • Manwa
Hemnani0:39
15."Milk"
  • I. Simpson
  • Vann
  • Wood
  • Champion
  • D. Simpson
4:55
16."Face"
  • Vann
  • Boring
  • D. Simpson
  • Champion
Kiko Merley4:19
17."Waste"Ciarán McDonald
  • Bearface
  • Rome Gomez[a]
2:34
Total length:51:02

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional drum programmer.
  • All tracks are stylised in all caps. For example, "Heat" is stylised as "HEAT"

Personnel[edit]

Brockhampton

  • Kevin Abstract – performance (tracks 2–5, 7, 8, 10–13, 15), executive production, creative direction
  • Ameer Vann – performance (tracks 1–5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16)
  • Merlyn Wood – performance (tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 11–13, 15)
  • Dom McLennon – performance (tracks 1–4, 7, 8, 10–13, 15, 16)
  • Matt Champion – performance (tracks 1, 2, 4, 12, 15, 16)
  • Joba – performance (tracks 1, 2, 4, 10, 11, 13, 16), additional drum programming (track 12), additional vocals (tracks 7, 12), additional keys (track 16), co-executive production, mixing, mastering
  • Bearface – performance (track 17), production (track 17)
  • Romil Hemnani – production (tracks 1, 6, 9–15), additional production (tracks 4, 8), additional drum programming (track 2), co-executive production, recording engineering
  • Q3 – production (tracks 2, 7), additional production (tracks 11, 15)
    • Jabari Manwa – production (tracks 3, 4, 8), additional production (track 13), additional synth (track 1), performance (tracks 6, 9, 14)
    • Kiko Merley – production (tracks 5, 16), additional production (track 10), performance (track 7)
  • Henock Sileshi – creative direction, graphic design
  • Ashlan Grey – photography
  • Robert Ontenient – webmastering, performance (tracks 6, 9, 14)
  • Anish Ochani – management
  • Jon Nunes – management

Additional personnel

  • Rome Gomez – additional production (track 17), additional vocals (track 17)
  • Nick Lenzini – creative assistance
  • Kevin Doan – creative assistance
  • Chris Clancy – management
  • Kelly Clancy – management
  • Brian Washington – management
  • Craig Marshall – legal counsel
  • Orienteer – publicity

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[12] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "BROCKHAMPTON: SATURATION Album Review". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  2. ^ Renshaw, David (June 9, 2017). "Brockhampton Shares Debut Album Saturation". FADER. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Ontenient, Robert. "SATURATION". Archived from the original on 2017-06-10. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  4. ^ Goddar, Kevin (Jun 8, 2017). "Brockhampton - SATURATION". Hot new Hip Hop. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Review: Brockhampton, Saturation / Saturation II". prettymuchamazing.com. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  6. ^ a b Soriano, Roman (2017-06-13). "BROCKHAMPTON - SATURATION". RadioUTD. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  7. ^ "BROCKHAMPTON 'Saturation' Cheat Code Album Review". DJBooth.net. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  8. ^ BrooklynVegan Staff (December 22, 2017). "BrooklynVegan's Top 50 Albums of 2017". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Clash Albums Of The Year 2017". December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Fantano, Anthony. "Top 50 Albums of 2017". The Needle Drop. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  11. ^ Penn II, Michael (December 20, 2017). "The Best Albums of 2017". Vinyl Me, Please. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 19, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.