Yellow claws The debut album Blood For Mercy is still one of my favorite albums of the past decade (among hundreds of others). Cooperation with Becky G, Flux Pavilion, Lil Eddie and much more gave the whole project more flair and gave it the much-needed variety and quality production. The Dutch group have since released two more albums, in 2017 and 2018, which were good but lacked the initial shine.
Now they're back with their fourth studio album, Never Dies, and it hasn't yet reached the quality of that first album, but it is getting closer.
The biggest problem with Never Dies is speed. It goes from emotional ballad to hard to soft to banger to bigger banger and then a few gentle hip hop tunes and so on. It's not necessarily the variance in mood, but rather how they all fit together. It feels more like a collection of singles than a full album, so I'll probably listen to this album after it's done today.
Yellow Claw's greatest strength was her bangers, and this album definitely has its fair share in it. "Reckless" with Fatman Scoop is an absolute eye-catcher, and working with Gammer, "Here To Stay" is also nothing to make fun of. "El Terror" is a banger with more Latin flair, also thanks to Jon Z and Lil Toe.
Overall, Never Dies has some good features, but it's not a great album. Check out everything below.
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