Album Review: Majid Jordan – The Space Between

By Jack Tecca, Contributor
[OVO; 2017]
Rating: 6/10

Key Tracks: “OG Heartthrob”, “One I Want”, “Gave Your Love Away”

Majid Jordan has put out some worthwhile content with their first few projects. From their production on Drake‘s “Hold On We’re Going Home”, to their most popular single, “My Love”, the Toronto-based group has potential to deliver on a large scale. Their style captures the darker side of R&B through guttural drums and lonely synths. Although they may not the most eclectic group, Majid Jordan delivers a solid follow-up to their previous excursion.

There is a considerable amount of aspects that are done extremely well on the album. First of all, the production on the album is extremely well-mixed and precise. The entire album is very smooth and it doesn’t seem to contain any problems. One thing in particular that’s fascinating is the subtlety of the bass in all the songs. Most of the songs in this genre contain overwhelming bass and drums and clutter the ear. This project lets its other elements move to the forefront in fashion. The mood of the album maintains itself throughout the work. Majid Jordan paints the environment of the album with saturated piano and hi-hats to keep the tracks from getting too slow.

The featured artists on this album encapsulate the duo’s style. PARTYNEXTDOOR brings soulful melodies to the chorus of “One I Want” and dvsn assists on the production of “My Imagination”. Majid Jordan’s capability to write hooks make an appearance, due to the fact that many of the choruses of the songs are certainly memorable. Overall, the good things that are taken away from this album are abundant.

Although Majid Jordan do many things well, multiple mistakes resist it from becoming better than their first project. The most important aspect is that the subject matter of the lyrics. Most of the lyrics entail bad breakups, intercourse and lavish parties in a penthouse. These lyrics seem extremely recycled and become boring after the first few songs. Another problem is the repetitive nature of the beats. No variation is found within any of the thirteen tracks, and the album struggles to maintain the listener’s interest. One final problem is that the first and last tracks were just used as an intro and an outro. They may have been utilized better with another feature track or a track with more diversity. Ultimately, the repetitive nature of The Space Between holds back its potential.

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