Jacques Berman Webster II, who goes by the stage name Travis Scott dropped his debut album, ''Rodeo'', in September 2015 which had the hit single 'Antidote'.

He followed this up with his sophomore effort, ''Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight'' the following year, which also gained him positive reviews.

Last year, he put out a collaborative album with Quavo titled ''Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho'' under the group name Huncho Jack, which was not as sonically pleasing or well received as his previous efforts.

He has now followed this up with the release of his third album, Astroworld, on Friday, August 3, 2018.

The 17 track project which spans almost an hour, features a large number of collaborations in Frank Ocean, 21 Savage, James Blake, Drake, John Mayer, Pharrell, Quavo, Swae Lee, Tame Imapala, Sevn Thomas, Thundercat, and The Weeknd.

With famous producers, Scott and Mike Dean providing the right keys, ''Astroworld'' does the psychedelic world many favours and there are no hallucinations here but a coherent and well composed body of work.

'Stargazing' is the first song that opens the gates into the park, and the production is the clear winner on this, as he briefly touches on how hectic the demands of the limelight has been.

'Carousel' which sees Frank Ocean make an appearance is brilliantly delivered over a Beastie Boys loop, as he alludes to the impact of being under the influence of drugs in his rap,

''Moving in silence, don't mean it is moving slow, even though the speed got old, sprinkling methamphetamines (a stimulant/recreational drug), on the leaves like the snow, bet they soak.''

The 5 minutes long, 'Sicko Mode' features Swae Lee and Drake, and together, they deliver one of the most impressive cuts on the project, while'R.I.P Screw' is a tribute to the late Houston disc jockey who was famous for his druggy, ultra sound style and a major influence to the music Travis represents, he passed away of codeine overdose in 2000.

On 'Stop Trying To Be God', featuring Kid Cudi, Philip Bailey, Stevie Wonder and James Blake, with the visuals released on Monday night, August 6, Travis addresses those who have become judgmental of how people live their lives.

Then there are tracks like 'Yosemite' with Nav and Gunna which features some insane guitar riffs, and 'Who? What!' that parades the duo of Takeoff and Quavo, offering a radio friendly tune.

The album closer, 'Coffee Bean', gives a different jazzy vibe from the rest as he details happenings in his relationship;

''Stressing over award shows, she's stressing over her wardrobe, bought the mansion on foreclose, no matter how many tickets your tour sold, you feel this deep in your torso'', and serves as the perfect place to bring the tour to an tour.

As the album comes to a close, the emptiness in its lyrics or content is evident, side by side the beauty of the artistic composition and harmonious sound.

Astroworld is an album that is a bit personal, momentarily gets lost in the drug world, packs incredible rhythmic vibes, not lyrically consuming, but mostly great production. Sixteen tracks is a stretch, but there are a number of solid songs that forges its way into making this his most daring and replay worthy project yet.

Rating: 3.5/5


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