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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 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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. May 13, 2020
    60
    A record that doesn’t always astound but has a fair few enjoyable moments, and some very effective vocal performances.
  7. Jun 8, 2020
    50
    Kehlani replaces any hint of controlled pop presence with a lowkey, gloomy vibe that doesn’t suit her strengths at all. Her raspy voice is now placed upon liquid synth bass and irritating trap production, leaving her songwriting to be the record’s only strength.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. May 14, 2020
    10
    it ate. oh my god i am surprised to the power of kehlani’s. girl. it is am masterpiece.
  2. May 9, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This was amazing she really did great on this album she has progressed so much and I’m happy about it Expand
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. May 14, 2020
    9
    Kehlani really showed her talent on this album and prove that she's one of the best r&b performers. It reminded me of sweetsexysavage and theKehlani really showed her talent on this album and prove that she's one of the best r&b performers. It reminded me of sweetsexysavage and the reason I like her since the first time I listen to her voice. Smooth by strong-confident kinda energy we all were waiting for. Congrats K. Expand
  6. May 8, 2020
    9
    Kehlani’s new album fully reveals her, as one of the leading R&B performers, the singer’s voice perfectly combines with the piano and guitarKehlani’s new album fully reveals her, as one of the leading R&B performers, the singer’s voice perfectly combines with the piano and guitar in the arrangement of delicate beats, each composition smoothly flows into another, preventing the listener from falling into againthe bustle of the mortal world, joint compositions with Tory Lanez, Jhené Aiko, Masego, Lucky Daye, James Blake perfectly complement the solo component of the album. at the moment, this is one of the best works in the R&B-style, which can compete with Jhené Aiko's album "Chilombo". Expand
  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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