Updated: Jan 15, 2022
Jalan Ward | Published October 16, 2021
ALBUM RATE OUT OF 10: 8.0/10
It's a great time in music culture to receive new sounds from someone who brings a unique style of musical artistry into the game. Don Toliver, known for his signature melodic sound, takes you through a presentational experience each listen. This is what the fans were anticipating during the release of "life of a DON" on October 8th, 2021.
If you are a fan like I am, then you know that Heaven or Hell was nothing short of a great album delivered by someone early in his career. Don's freshman album received great reviews, and has aged very well since releasing last year. You felt there was a lot of expectations for album #2 but you had a gut feeling that he would deliver properly.
Life of a DON starts off with a song that gives you a perfect build up, and you know you are about to be in for an enjoyable ride of sounds. Production can usually overshadow a voice, but what Don does best is find ways to intertwine his melodic voice with great production. Excellent combination as I must say. This guy is on to something, and his longevity in the music world is here to stay! I'm locked in to see where he takes his career from her to the next 5-7 years. Somewhere at the top of the Recording Artist list I'm sure.
Favorite songs that I think stand out on the album: 2AM, Way Bigger, Flocky Flocky, Swangin' On Westheimer, Double Standards, Company PT. 2, Drugs N Hella Melodies, and do not sleep on Crossfaded, It's growing on me.
Congratulations to Don Toliver on continuing to deliver great music for his core fans who appreciate him curating a signature melodic sound. I know for a fact that Life of a DON will age like fine wine. Let us know what you think of the album in the comments below.
Review by: Jalan W.