Logic’s hoax retirement was the worst decision for his career, as he returns with a half baked project that doesn’t do much except tarnish his acclaimed “final album”.
Not many expected Logic to stop making music, and his Doctor Destruction act proved that to all those that thought correctly. But Logic fully confirmed it a few weeks ago when he announced the third installment of the underwhelming Bobby Tarantino saga.
Logic’s been through it all, the hate, the support, and the middle ground when it comes to his projects, but when he could have ended it off on a high note, he took that away. He started off with a lot of high notes, until he dropped the first Bobby Tarantino project. That was the start of what would become his downfall until his project in 2020, No Pressure, which could have been a great ending to his career. But alas, it wasn’t as Logic couldn’t back away that easily.
A lot of what holds this project back comes from two major things, and to start with number one, it’s the increase in cringey and uncomfortable lyrics. This leads to the songs, that already can drag on for too long, to be more uncomfortable, most well shown off in “Flawless”, a song that could make Chance the Rapper happy. It’s a very intimate song and assumedly so about his wife, as some songs already mentioned her or his family in some way. But what makes it more frustrating is that it might not be about her, and it’s just a character, and it comes off as disingenuous and disgusting to a level.
Another song that suffers the same issues as “Flawless” also has part in the other major problem with the album, being the waste of catchy and enjoyable beats. “God Might Judge” is just as uncomfortable as “Flawless” but what makes it worse in some ways is how everything is there, except the lyrics. The amazing production for the song feels under-appreciated compared to the cringe-worthy bars that Logic thought were a good idea. It’s a frustrating song that feels like it could have been better if cut down from 5 minutes and 30 seconds to something much shorter, and Logic thought more about his bars.
But even with all of this, Logic does deliver on one song, “Vaccine”. While the roll out of singles was very frustrating and confusing as the songs seemingly got worse and worse overtime, Logic delivered with the first one with an enjoyable beat and fun flow to make for a good song. But that’s about it for the positives of this project, the amazing cover art can’t save it’s inevitable mediocrity.
That one good song doesn’t make up for the forgettable songs that aren’t even that awful, they just end up being an afterthought. “Theme for the People” and “Call Me” are the worst offenders of this issue, just ending up being too bland and forgettable, as the album moves on quickly after those songs into something more interesting, but not for the right reasons.
All in all, it’s a disappointing record that finds Logic grasping for any sort of approval. With frustration all over the project, the Bobby Tarantino series should have been left in the dust. But instead Logic drove that car into the ground, ultimately hurting his legacy.
6 / 10
Best tracks: “Vaccine”, “Untitled”
Written by Joey Valcarcel