Disc A is reasonably candy, polished, and intimate—housing extra of the warmer album tracks. “Glimpse Of Us,” “Die For You,” and “Earlier than The Day Is Over” are all sweet-to-the-touch balladry with totally different inventive kinds starting from sturdy, classic, and molasses-like musical confection. Aspect B is barely extra darkish and granular, finally closing off the album with “1AM FREESTYLE,” a reduce that leaves Joji transcending with harmonic keys and vocals.
The emotional content material on SMITHEREENS, musically and lyrically, has an all-time melodramatic grandeur. The album’s materials is steadily lauded for its capability to elicit sturdy emotions and depth, in addition to its interesting melodies and fascinating rhythms all through its play. SMITHEREENS not solely sees Joji’s improvement by advantage of efficiently sharpening his instrumentation to craft lovely, idyllic items that he’s been beforehand lacking the mark on, however showcases his technical sublimation of honesty and vulnerability. —Kwame Hodge