“Awaken, My Love!” (Glassnote Entertainment Group)
In Childish Gambino’s third album he avows to the world that he has another card up his sleeve. Known as a comedian, actor, and rapper, Donald Glover didn’t offer any prior insight into his new project “Awaken, My Love!” He again breaks the mold of assumption, transitioning from previous rap records to a soulful, funk-infused masterpiece.
Gambino clearly pulls inspiration from famous artists such as Prince, seen on “Redbone,” and attempts to replicate an equality harmonistic Frank Ocean on “Stand Tall.” Audiences may be confused at first when listening through the album as Gambino switches the mood of his tracks with “Redbone,” “California” and “Terrified” from downtempo slow jams to side-shuffle skips and` strung listeners to lose track of where the album is going emotionally.
While some may chalk up their criticism as poor production or consideration, this was his deliberate decision with a goal to take the audience on a journey with different styles and moods. He focuses more on providing tracks with differing styles and spends less attention on creating a work that serves as one complete body.
Nonetheless, Childish Gambino again insists to the world in “Awake, My Soul!” that he is a multi-talented man that continues to break the expectations of a monographic artistic world.