Album Review: Azealia Banks – ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’
The '212' artist finally delivers her debut offering...
In July she and her label Universal decided to go their separate ways, which has given her the freedom to release her album via independent label Prospect Park. Without mentioning the many disputes Banks was involved in, her journey to the release of this album is pretty interesting.
The album features multiple producers, including AraabMuzik and MJ Cole. From the very beginning it’s easy to realise this isn’t going to be the typical album from most artists. The high energy album takes us through Azealia's inspirations from House inspired music to Pop to Hip-Hop to the surprising Spanish verse on her second track of the album ‘Gimme A Chance’. We are clearly welcomed guests into Azealia Banks utopia. She cares, a lot, about the music and everything related to it.
She has enough charisma and personality to keep us interested without randomly sprinkling guest features all over the album; really, the only other artist featured on the album is Theophilus London - Theophilus comes in during the second verse of ‘JFK’, a song described by Banks as ‘smooth’.
Although sonically we may have heard this type of sound before, Azealia makes everything here her own. The only questionable moments come near the end of the album - the song ‘Nude Beach A-Go-Go’ sounds almost as if it belongs as the theme song for a 70s/80s TV show.
But this doesn't take away how creative and distinct this album is from anything you will likely hear this year - ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ is a solid debut album. With crowd pleaser songs like 'BBD' and 'Yung Rapunxel' it’s obvious we have an artist who has an abundance of energy and creativity still to give us.
Words: Joshua Chowa
Edit: Maz Khan