Album Review: Machine Gun Kelly, “General Admission” by Blade Brown
Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Album: “General Admission”
Its been three years since the debut album of Cleveland’s Machine Gun Kelly. While that album had no general direction, it was a decent project with a few bangers on it. Given a bit more freedom this time around, MGK returns from hiatus with a surprisingly well rounded album.
Led by the Cleveland anthem “Till I Die“, MGK brings his A-Game as his sophomore album is filled with solid production and at times harrowing lyrics. MGK has never shied away from his dark past, and this album is no different as he opens up about this upbringing and addictions. Owning your truth is the best way to keep from being fraudulent and he is an open book when it comes to his demons. Songs like “Spotlight” & “A Little More” showcase his ability to tell gritty street tales with passion and authenticity.
One thing about MGK that hasn’t changed is the energy he brings to a record. “Alpha Omega” is probably the best example of this. He spits with venomous rage as he unloads on the dark instrumental. “Bad Motherfucker” features the great Kid Rock and everything about the song sounds poised for live performance. “OZ” is a bouncy smokers anthem that samples the Crucial Conflict “Hay” from the 90s and is a certified banger with flawless production. With minimal features, the albums is a step above his previous efforts in every way. As it sounds extremely cohesive instead of just one song after another.
MGK will have undoubtedly won a few new fans over with this record. Its a lot better than any doubters of his would expect it to be and it definitely exceeded my expectations and I’m a fan. I would love to see some great visuals from the album and I definitely would love to see him live in concert. The Cleveland native definitely has talent. And he sounds like he’s coming for the credit he deserves.
A Little More
Till I Die