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UTOPIA by Travis Scott is one of the best albums out there

The album cover for Utopia by Travis Scott. Used with permission/Cactus Jack and Epic Records.
The album cover for Utopia by Travis Scott. Used with permission/Cactus Jack and Epic Records.

Travis Scott’s album Utopia was released on July 28, 2023, and has multiple featured artists apart of the album.

The first song of the album is HYAENA. This song starts off in a pretty unusual way. The first thirty seconds or so are not the best, but after that, the song starts to get better. The loud drums for the first fifty seconds are also not enjoyable and sounds unpleasant enough to steer some away from the song. But after the fifty-second mark, it picks up and is worthy of a 6.4/10 rating.

The second song is THANK GOD. This song starts off in a way better fashion than HYAENA. This song is pretty catchy but it really begins to pick up around one minute and forty-five seconds in. The song is amazing after the beat changes and is one of the better songs in the album. I rate it an 8.4/10. 

The third song in the album is MODERN JAM. This song also has a pretty unique beginning. The beat does not change throughout the course of the song, unlike the other songs. But it does get worse as the song goes on. When considering the production and creativity, the rating becomes 6.6/10.

The fourth song is MY EYES. This song starts off pretty quiet and then picks up later on this song. I am not a huge fan of the feature but it is very short. This is for sure one of the best songs on the album. My rating is 8.9/10.

The fifth song is GOD’S COUNTRY. This song has a very unique beat that is kind of annoying, but it’s still a solid song. It receives a rating of  7.6/10.

The sixth song is SIRENS. The first 30 seconds are good, but once the beat starts, it’s not as enjoyable. During the whole song, it seems like the beat is going to drop, but it never does, which leaves the listener unsatisfied.

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The seventh song is MELTDOWN. Drake is in this song and the first verse he’s in is very aggressive. But when Travis Scott’s verse comes on, the song improves. The use of sounds similar to Star Wars is very creative and adds to the song. This is a pretty good song that gets an 8.1/10.

The eighth song is FE!N. This is definitely an interesting song that was not done right. It is extremely repetitive and simply unlikable. It gets a 6.3/10.

The ninth and worst song is DELRESTO(ECHOES). It reminds me of SIRENS, in the sense that the beat never drops and it just leaves you disappointed. There is nothing redeemable about this song, unlike SIRENS. I give it a 4.7/10. 

The tenth song of the album is I KNOW?. This song is enjoyable because it is very catchy and not repetitive at all. This is overall a good song and gets an 8.1/10.

The eleventh song is TOPIA TWINS. This song easily has the worst feature in the album, making that part of the song nearly impossible to listen to. Other than the atrocious feature, this is a solid song. Travis Scott also has some good verses on this song. It receives an 8.2/10.

The twelfth song of the album is CIRCUS MAXIMUS. Even if you aren’t a fan of the Weeknd, who is featured in this song, he easily has the best part of the song. Otherwise, the song would be no good at all. It has no flow and the beat is dismal. Some of the background sounds in this song are also very odd, with lots of yelling. This song is a 5.3/10. 

The thirteenth song of the album is PARASAIL. It is a very relaxing and laid-back song that is done right. The vocals and production in this song are very good. I do wish the song was a bit longer, but that is not a major issue. 8.6/10.

The fourteenth song of the album is SKITZO. This song is somewhat similar to MELTDOWN, but it is far less aggressive. This song is pretty solid before the beat changes, but when the beat changes, I think the song greatly improves. This song is great and one of the best on the album. This song gets an 8.4/10.

The fifteenth song of the album is LOST FOREVER. This first verse had been leaked for a few years and many fans had high expectations for the song due to that, but it was disappointing. After the first verse, the song isn’t very good. The feature is awful and ruins the song, making it a 5.5/10.

The sixteenth song in the album is LOOOVE. The Kid Cudi feature was well anticipated but was once again disappointing. It wasn’t in Kid Cudi’s style, but the opposite. It is not a bad song but it is certainly not the best. 5.4/10. 

The seventeenth song is K-POP. The lyrics are in another language, which isn’t always likable, but I can see how some enjoy this song.

The eighteenth song is TELEKINESIS. This is my favorite song on the album. The features on this song, Future and SZA, are extremely good. SZA’s feature is the best on the whole album. This song keeps getting better throughout and SZA’s feature caps it off at the end. This song gets a 9.3/10.

The nineteenth and final song of the album is TIL FURTHER NOTICE. This is a very solid song. This song is not the #1, but it is an enjoyable song for sure. It is another laid-back song that ends the album on a good note. 21 savage’s feature is also good. 7.9/10. 

This is a very enjoyable, and well-produced album. The features are pretty good and the production is extremely good. You can tell this album took lots of work and time. Utopia is for sure one of the best albums Travis Scott has made.

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Mack McKenna, Reporter
Mack McKenna is a junior at Hudson High School. This is his first year writing for The Explorer. Mack enjoys playing baseball, spending time outdoors, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Mack plans on writing about sports, movies and music in journalism, as he may want to become a sports journalist in the future.
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