Did Mr. Rager deliver with this release?
In short, yes, but what was delivered was something that all might not be accustomed to.
Described as a Punk Rock/Alternative by the man himself, Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven is the fifth studio album from Kid Cudi.
Tracks such as Confused! (Which he first performed live from this year’s Lollapalooza), Judgmental Cunt, Wedding Tux, and new single Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven are all here.
If you’re familiar with Cudi’s discography, this album is very reminiscing of his and Dot Da Genius’s WZRD, released in 2011. Meaning there is no rapping, just Cudi’s singing and live instruments.
Man in the Night, shows what sound Kid Cudi wanted to bring to this album. This track is straight Punk Rock. Kicking off the track with deep and heavy guitar riffs, Cudi comes in exclaiming “This is the time to be in the moment, Ain’t no room for stalling, who gon’ live in the moment? The words in this song describe why Cudi is the “Man in the Night”, he loves the night, she’s great for some fun, and she’s dope for his head. Classic MTV duo, Beavis and Butthead make an appearance at the end of the track, declaring “this is the coolest album ever made”.
Cudi’s strong singing ability is showcased on the deep bass and drums centric track Fairy Tales Remain. The sound on this song is something you would hear from the grudge scene in the 90’s, an upbeat tempo with depressing lyrics.
The album is the host to 18 tracks, including a Side B which includes 8 additional tracks with demos and unreleased material. With that, you are bound to run into some tracks that come off as fillers. Most tracks features Cudi moaning and groaning when there are no words to be said, that tends to happen too often on this album. What might have been unintentional, tracks Confused! and Handle with Care have the same exact melody.
Sometimes, there are lyrics that has too much content and may come off as confusing, example the track Adventures.
“Her vagina is moist and warm
I’ll keep you safe, just hold my arm
Hell is beyond the door
Heaven doesn’t want one more
No more chicken sandwiches
Yes I’ll pay for the damages”
Even Beavis and Butthead said that track freaked them out.
Kid Cudi returns to a similar sound that was heard on the first few tracks on the album, with Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven. Cudi sings and plays the guitar on this song that anyone can relate to, a song about that no matter the outcome good or bad, you’ll smile through it. This song serves as a perfect message Kid Cudi can send to people who have anything negative to say about him or who hate this album.
Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven is an album not meant for everyone, but it is for those who want to experience something entirely different. For those who know Kid Cudi, this new sound and direction in music shouldn’t come as shocking, see the album WZRD. Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven feels and sounds like a direct sequel to WZRD. The album is a long one, but there are some gems. Confused!, Man in the Night, Adventures, and Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven all make it worth giving this album a listen. Kid Cudi warned us all that he was heading to heaven on Mr. Rager from the album Man On the Moon, Vol II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, Cudi himself is the bullet speeding to heaven.
– Journalist Without A Beat
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