The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Teenage Emo­tions ★★★ Vir­gin EMI/Qual­ity Con­trol/Mo­town Lil Yachty deals in sounds rather than stan­zas. While they won’t be giv­ing the At­lanta teenage rap star any prizes for the lyri­cal flights of fancy on his de­but al­bum, it’s a dif­fer­ent story with how he plays his mu­si­cal cards. Again and again, he shows a great tal­ent for shap­ing in­fec­tious, catchy, zesty, psychedelic and sweet­ened tex­tures that fit snugly around his lines. There are times when he does a pass­able im­per­son­ation of Frank Ocean or Drake, such as on Bring it Back and X-Men, but that’s more to do with the tone than how he deals with spe­cific themes. In­stead of any strong word­play or in­sights, McCol­lum talks about sex, money and drugs in ways that are de­press­ingly fa­mil­iar and ju­ve­nile. An in­stru­men­tal ver­sion of the al­bum would be a blast as you wouldn’t then have to con­tend with McCol­lum’s inar­tic­u­late flow. lily­ JIM CAR­ROLL

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