RATING: 3.5 / 5
had a lot to prove with his debut album, with singles like "White Iverson" and "Too Young" garnering the young singer much attention. And for the most part, Stoney
delivers. With 18 tracks clocking in at a little over an hour on the deluxe edition, there's a lot here to listen to. I could not help but be impressed by how varied the high points on this album are. Songs like "No Option
" make you want to dance right away, while "I Fall Apart" is an emotional relationship ballad that we can all relate to.
Features include Kehlani, 2 Chainz, Quavo, and Justin Bieber, with each of their respected appearances bringing what you'd usually expect from these artists. The Bieber track is solid but feels a bit out of place as it sounds like something that would fit in better on a Drake album. Quavo destroys it on "Congratulations," delivering his bars with utter confidence as harrowing instrumental plays in the background. "Money Made Me Do It" with 2 Chainz is a bonus song only available on the deluxe edition (which is the only version available on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music) and it's easy to tell why. It's a forgettable track that has the man himself coming in toward the end to deliver a solid, but unoriginal flow.
The major pitfall of Stoney
are the songs outside of the aforementioned standouts and singles. The back half of the album is filled with raw but ultimately forgettable tracks that are not likely to see much play from anyone but the most hardcore of fans. I want to like songs like the last bonus track, "Feeling Whitney," a composition highlighting Post's vocals and strings, but it comes off as derivative with many similar and better songs offered elsewhere. The same can be said for songs like "Up There," and "Leave," decent enough songs, but perhaps better left on the cutting room floor.
That being said, Stoney
is a solid album and a wonderful debut that the young singer should be very proud of. "Go Flex" and "Cold" remain exciting, even after multiple listens. They represent the confidence that the artist had in making the songs he wanted to make, even if the lyrics or the heartfelt singing dip into an area that would be considered taboo by fans of Post's more rap-based songs. I have no doubt that going forward that Post Malone is going to further lock down his style and create something with a little more focus that this album was missing.