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As one of Kanye’s most faithful acolytes, this is Scott’s own beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy: a work breathless in scope and utterly bonkers in execution, from Stargazing’s jaw-dropping falsetto, the woozy carnival of Carousel, and Sicko Mode’s vertiginous beat drop, to the stellar guest list, which counts Drake, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Tame Impala and Stevie Wonder among its shining lights. Such reckless disregard for convention amounts to a psychedelic trap opus set to launch Scott into the stratosphere.
• Travis Scott. Astroworld. Sony Music.
• ★★★★+ (out of five)
Single download: Carousel
For those who like: Young Thug via Yeezy
— John Hayden