Now on his third album, hipster R&B’s very own Charlie Brown remains life’s eternal sufferer
Now on his third album, hipster R&B’s very own Charlie Brown remains life’s eternal sufferer. He invented the acronym ‘YOLO’ (you only live once), so it’s bizarre that he continues to waste our time with his first-world problems: “This is the shit I wanna go out to”, he repeats on ‘Furthest Thing’, anticipating his own funeral; “I just want some head in a comfortable bed”, he mopes on ‘The Language’. Drizzy’s candid lyrics about battered egos and insecure relationships were refreshing early on in his career, but the persona is wearing thin as he recalls how rich his melancholy has made him: “I wear every single chain/Even when I’m in the house” (‘Started From The Bottom’). How long can a man trade on being blue if he’s living the dream?