Childish Gambino surprises, stuns with funk sound in ‘“Awaken, My Love!”’

Childish Gambino "Awaken, My Love!" | Glassnote Records Grade: B+
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Childish Gambino "Awaken, My Love!" | Glassnote Records
Grade: B+

As perhaps hinted by the sound of his previous musical endeavor — 2014 EP Kauai — Childish Gambino seems to be moving on from the familiarity of hip-hop tradition. Instead, Gambino — known widely by his real name Donald Glover — is now dipping his feet into other genres of
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The Weeknd Starboy | XO/Republic Records Grade: D

The Weeknd falls down rabbit hole with ‘Starboy’

By trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, breaks it all with Starboy — our hearts, our ears and his soul. Somewhere amid the 18 tracks, we lose The Weeknd, and The Weeknd loses us. But rather than heading off into the elusive darkness
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