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Music review: Childish Gambino Summer Pack

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Lindsey Zabell, Greenscreen Editor

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If you’re looking for an album to bop to all summer long with friends, Childish Gambino has the perfect album for you.

With his third and newest EP record, Summer Pack, Donald Glover, under the infamous stage name Childish Gambino, has done it once again.

Childish Gambino has continued to follow his psychedelic, chill, style, similar to his past well-known songs, such as Redbone and Sober.

Evoking a feeling of an endless and worry-free summer”

Evoking a feeling of an endless and worry-free summer, this pair of songs has the ability to make you feel like you are anywhere you want to be.

The album opens with Summertime Magic, a song some may see as the ultimate summer bop. On this track, Childish Gambino expresses his feelings for a girl who he views as “summer valentine.”.

Keeping the record short and sweet, Childish Gambino closes the album with Feels Like Summer, a song that will make you want to take a long trip with friends and never return. During the course of the entire track, he continues to emphasize that he “feels like summer.” Other than that, there’s not much to say about the song, other than it truly does come with a summer feeling.

Childish Gambino received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from fans and listeners, with Summertime Magic reaching  #44 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts as of July 28, 2018.

But for some listeners, they found these two hits as lacking any sort of depth or meaning. Although exceeding expectations in the category of evoking ultimate summer vibes, there seems to be little to no meaning in either of these summer jams. Some fans even compared the songs as being “leftovers Glover just happened to find on his desktop.” Some other fans felt the same, but were more forgiving in the way that all they really wanted to hear was some feel-good summer beats.

Despite the lack of true meaning or emotional connection in either song, I think Donald Glover exceeded expectations with the style of beats used, which is all a summer bop really needs to be.

Although I definitely wouldn’t categorize this EP as being even close to one of his best, I think it was a great segway into seeing what he could possibly produce in the future.

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Lindsey Zabell, Green Screen/entertainment editor

Lindsey is a junior GreenScreen editor, and this is her first year on the Gazette/GraniteBayToday.org staff. She was a staffer for the GBHS Media program for the last two years.

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