Published Nov 06, 2015When GoldLink first emerged with The God Complex, the often introspective and insightful lyricism was slightly overshadowed by the fixation with "future bounce," the refreshingly different beats fusing '90s R&B, dance and hip-hop references in a contemporary way.
On And After That We Didn't Talk, he strikes admirable balance between the music and lyrics; both push past safe and comfortable conventions, to the album's benefit. Lyrically, GoldLink mines the dissolution of an intense romantic relationship and all its associated detritus in excruciating detail, revealing more about himself than he did on The God Complex — his naked honesty on the first two tracks alone, "After You Left" and "Zipporah," is compelling, and the latter's gospel-tinged arrangements added weight.
While the album revels in the future bounce aesthetic, GoldLink's main musical conspirator Louie Lastic oversees a sonic breadth here, allowing GoldLink to both rap and sing over an addictive mix of house, dance and R&B on this appealing album. (Equative Thinking/Soulection)