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"Awaken, My Love!"

Childish Gambino

2016

"Awaken, My Love!"
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"Awaken, My Love!" is the third studio album by American recording artist Donald Glover, under his stage name Childish Gambino. It was released by Glassnote Records on December 2, 2016. Consisting of tracks being sung rather than rapped, its fusion of psychedelic soul, funk and R&B influences was considered a bold departure from the predominantly hip hop style of his prior work. The album was produced by Glover and his longtime collaborator, Ludwig Göransson. "Awaken, My Love!" received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200. The album was supported by three singles, "Me and Your Mama", "Redbone" and "Terrified". It received Grammy Award nominations for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. The single "Redbone" also earned nominations for Record of the Year, Best R&B Song, and won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

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Rating

3.48

Votes

63

Genres

  • Soul
  • Funk

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Sat May 18 2024
5

Kinda blown away by this guy's range of talents. A dazzling postmodern hybrid that evokes a wide range of influences.

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Sat May 18 2024
5

Just one of the best from one of the best. Redbone felt like such a revelation when it came out, and still hits very hard. Unlike the rest of his albums, and yet totally of a chord with all of it.

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Sun May 19 2024
5

The other Gambino that needs to be on the list, full stop. I am happy you added this, since I couldn't after adding Because the Internet.

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Sun May 19 2024
4

I'm a fan of Glover in general but sometimes feel like the music trends to style over substance, though maybe I haven't given the lyrics sufficient scrutiny. And the style is very stylish indeed.

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Mon May 20 2024
4

"Awaken" forces a decision: Meaning or pleasant sounds? It's a weird choice in a tradition where flimsy concept ought to be granted. The album is more of a door than a destination; It's also middle-loaded. Rating-misgivings aside, it sounds great.

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Thu May 30 2024
4

This album infuses hip hop with 70s style funk and R&B in shades of Parliament/Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins. Donald Glover does a great job incorporating these influences though there are a couple of songs which don’t land. Overall, it’s one of his stronger albums.

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Tue Jun 11 2024
4

All Childish Gambino has one absolute banger of a song that keeps me coming back, but I just never enjoy the entirety of his albums that much - not sure why - kinda feels like a collection of unreleased beats - Like Atavista, which I think recently became its own album. Previously all the songs were just numbers. 3.15.20 - and thats what the songs feel like 4

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Sun Jun 16 2024
4

Not as good as his best album imo "camp" but still an incredibly mature sophisticated album which takes you on a journey. This one is more Soul focused.

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Sat May 18 2024
3

I've never listened to any of Donald Glover's work, other than the one album that was on the original 1,001 albums list. Like that album, this also surprised me a bit, feeling more like classic R&B than what I would think of as hip hop. 3 stars.

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Sat May 18 2024
3

Another childish Gambino album? ffs. It's not bad but I didn't really want to hear it. 3/5.

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Mon May 20 2024
3

Donald Glover is a formidable talent, his TV shows Atlanta and Mr & Mrs Smith are simply brilliant. Also the single Redbone is arguably one of the songs of the decade. Unfortunately apart from Redbone there wasn't much on this album to excite me, hence it only gets a middling 3 stars from me.

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Mon May 20 2024
3

Gave it a couple of listens, and must say that it was quite pleasing.

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Mon May 20 2024
3

I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Thu Jun 27 2024
3

Per usual for a Gambino album, this is a lush journey with some excellent production, arrangements, and thematics. Personally prefer Internet/Camp for their harder-hitting synth stylings and tongue-in-cheek vibe, but I can't fault Glover for exploring other genres and executing them with perfection.

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Sat Jun 29 2024
3

Well produced and styled, however it lacks coherence

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Mon Jul 22 2024
3

Expected hip-hop and got Funkadelic "space funk-rock". Very cool.

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Sat May 18 2024
1

There's no impressive, energizing or motivating rhythm, ...it's just conventionally boring.

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