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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the R&B artist from Oakland, California features guest appearances from Jhene Aiko, James Blake, Tony Lanez, Lucky Daye, and Masego.
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Bad News
I watched you turn yourself to a made man All the little things that made you You can count the ways that I stayed down Can't nobody tell me I ain't... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    A record that is as self-aware of the pressures of romance and stardom as it is a bare, naked representation of the singer’s heart and soul.
  2. May 7, 2020
    90
    The album's arrangement of serenading beats and jazzy undertones has genuinely proven that Kehlani is a force to be reckoned with.
  3. May 28, 2020
    80
    Although there are some clumsy similes and metaphors, and a surplus of astrological references, its lyricism is undeniable, abundant in pithy rebukes and come-ons. And while the predominantly crawling tempos can have a tranquilizing effect, there's nuance to nearly every cut with high-level songwriting to match.
  4. May 11, 2020
    77
    She’s becoming an increasingly agile performer, rapping, singing, and everything in between. It Was Good Until It Wasn’t channels all those skills into sterling R&B that feels like a homecoming of sorts.
  5. May 22, 2020
    76
    It Was Good Until It Wasn’t‘s back half will earn respect from core fans for its consistency, muddling the notion Kehlani played it safe with this one.
  6. The dark and sexy new songs shine their brightest when coated with a layer of her previous sparkle; which makes the artist’s second album a fine but frustrating release.
  7. May 13, 2020
    60
    A record that doesn’t always astound but has a fair few enjoyable moments, and some very effective vocal performances.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 9, 2020
    10
    She matured on this album and I am here for it. Giving me excellence with many, many hints of RnB perfection with a nice theme to it added onShe matured on this album and I am here for it. Giving me excellence with many, many hints of RnB perfection with a nice theme to it added on with both parts of the album cover. It's creative. Expand
  2. May 8, 2020
    10
    i dont remember the last time i heard an album this good. this album gets better with each listen, and her vocals are so beautiful. althoughi dont remember the last time i heard an album this good. this album gets better with each listen, and her vocals are so beautiful. although this is only the first album i have heard from her, it made me really want to check out all of her other projects. i dont know what else to say other than wow, this album is amazing. my top 3 songs include hate the club, water, and can i. Expand
  3. May 14, 2020
    10
    it ate. oh my god i am surprised to the power of kehlani’s. girl. it is am masterpiece.
  4. May 9, 2020
    10
    It’s Perfect ! From start to finish there are no skips. It’s a life story for what she’s been through. People gotta stop hating on thisIt’s Perfect ! From start to finish there are no skips. It’s a life story for what she’s been through. People gotta stop hating on this goddess cuz this album is it. Expand
  5. May 9, 2020
    10
    Baby... this album is verified to have you replaying some lyrics back, replaying some songs back, reminiscing, all of that at once. For sureBaby... this album is verified to have you replaying some lyrics back, replaying some songs back, reminiscing, all of that at once. For sure this album is the pressure needed to become a diamond. Production wise... girl.. beautiful!! idk what else to say but go stream it now!!! Expand
  6. May 14, 2020
    10
    An album with a genre I thought was lost in time, the songs and lyrics took me back to when good R&B was made.
  7. May 31, 2020
    4
    It was just kind of boring and all the songs sound the same but she sings very well and has some good production

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