Kid Cudi, “Pas­sion, Pain & De­mon Slayin’ ”

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE -

To call Kid Cudi’s re­cent out­put in­con­sis­tent would be an un­der­state­ment. The al­most one-and-a-half hour “Pas­sion, Pain & De­mon Slayin’ ” is a maze of an al­bum: sprawl­ing, easy to get lost in and un­nec­es­sar­ily con­vo­luted. In line with the rest of his mu­sic, Cudi treats the booth like a con­fes­sional. It’s not all rev­e­la­tory, de­spite a hefty dose of solid guest fea­tures (An­dre 3000, Raury and Travis Scott among oth­ers). But the pro­duc­tion, which is le­git­i­mately gor­geous, usu­ally makes up for its dull mo­ments. —Dylan Owens

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