Preface: This is the first album to be reviewed with my new format: a one-listen review. I listen to the album once and give my thoughts on it as soon as possible. This way, I will be able to publish many more reviews than previously before, but still, give you guys the same insights. There will still be albums with my traditional review style, and with this format, redux reviews will be introduced as a method of showing if my opinions have changed on a previously reviewed album. Again, thanks for viewing the site.
Lil Uzi Vert’s second studio album, Eternal Atake, has finally arrived. We made it through the eternal await, with the album coming well over two years after the initial announcement. I’ll be sharing my initial opinions on the album, and I’ll tell you an initial rating at the end. Let’s jump into the follow-up to Luv is Rage 2.
Baby Pluto – A fast start. Uzi has an infectious flow, and he’s rapping much more monotone than before. This style reminds me of a younger, Tha Carter III Lil Wayne. Uzi is absolutely fired up on this intro, and he won’t be stopped. In love with this one so far.
Lo Mein – Interesting title. Reminds me of Young Nudy’s food titles, a la Blue Cheese Salad. Whoa, the beat just dropped. The beat and the synths are on point so far, and I’m impressed with the lyrical range. The “up, up, uppity” part is memorable, as well as the “It’s amazing to me” refrain. Nothing out of the ordinary so far until Uzi finds a UFO at the end of the track.
Silly Watch – I like the piano melody so far! It gives a lot of character to the track. Uzi maintains the same braggadocious flow and lyrics of the last two tracks. The “silly watch” portion of the track is only really one line, “Got a Richard Millie, this is not a silly watch.” The Hugh Hefner line really stands out. It’s hilarious, and that’s really the overall theme so far, it seems. The flow on the track really seems like a slower version of Free Uzi.
POP – Whoo, I am not feeling the denial/the Nile lines at the beginning. Also not a huge fan of the beat, but I do commend the energy coming from Uzi in this track. Multi, multi, multi?! He is really rapping angry and with higher energy than I have ever seen from him. What a high energy opening we have so far.
You Better Move – He sampled the Windows pinball game! This one hasn’t grabbed me like some of the earlier songs, however. The 808 hits hard, though. The sample gets really, really quite boring after three minutes of it. The vocal inflections are good, and the iPod line is my favorite from this song.
Homecoming – Uzi is still absolutely breathless, six tracks in. I’d be fine if the whole album was like these first six tracks. I’m deeply impressed with the energy from this opening act. This is probably tied with Lo Mein as my favorite beat so far. “Anthony Davis, don’t deal with the Pelicans.” I wonder what the Pelicans are for Uzi in this track. Oh, he also escaped his entrapment in the UFO after being abducted.
I’m Sorry – Typical Uzi love song. Not a huge fan of the extreme tone shift. I’d have liked for there to be a much more transitional track between these sections. I think the first third of the album was the “Baby Pluto” portion, the second third is the “Renji” portion, and the final third would be the “Lil Uzi Vert” section. We’ll see if that holds through, but I wish I could have just skipped this one.
Celebration Station – Same sort of chord progression in this one, and again, I’m not a fan of the love song/dance fusion. I definitely think that this one will get the crowds moving at his concerts, however. I liked the “Look at his album, it’s floppin’ again” line, however. This is way too generic for my liking, again. Uzi update – he is making his way around the UFO.
Bigger Than Life – This builds off of the outro of Celebration Station, and the guitar beat is much, much welcomed. I am finally impressed with the production again, and Uzi is flowing again. The vibe of the song still fits this second third of the album, especially with the choir crooning in the background. The first huge surprise of the album.
Chrome Heart Tags – I was expecting big things with Chief Keef on the production, but I am left sorely, sorely disappointed. It’s not anything amazing in terms of melody or backing, but the percussion is not bad. Really weird lines in this one. Percolate? What does that even mean in the context of this song? Maybe he put it in just to rhyme. Still off-balance, these last two songs are still big surprises, some good and some bad.
Bust Me – OK, at this point, all of the songs in the “Renji” section are really blending together, besides Bigger Than Life. All I’m going to say is that I’m glad that the whole album isn’t like this. Maybe Uzi can perform this one live with Kanye’s Sunday Service Choir. At least we get some story development with him leaving “EA, the dark world.”
Prices – Oh my goodness, this is the way back sample. He pitched it up, and wow. Wow, this is my favorite song so far. I am so impressed by the lyrical content, the flow, the beat. Everything came together on this track. Really impressed by lines like the vitiligo one, the Off-White MoMA one, and others. This is really the culmination of everything that Uzi represents.
Urgency (feat. Syd) – This song begins the final third of the album, which is the “Lil Uzi Vert” section. Syd’s vocals are always welcome, and she actually adds quite a lot to this song, even though she doesn’t have her own verse. This is what an Uzi love song should be. NOT I’m Sorry or Celebration Station. Take note.
Venetia – The beat is quite interesting. The synth melody is really unorthodox, but it works. This is what I think is the real opening of the Uzi section, and I think that it’s a great song. I think that the “turn a gay girl into a straight” is a bit insensitive, considering that Syd was literally on the track right before this. Huh.
Secure the Bag – I like the spacey, ethereal beat, but do not like the very repetitive, boring vocals. But, the flow is good, and overall, the track is good enough. The “I was on a roll” is quite memorable. As well as the “this is a game” line. Nearly to the end, folks.
P2 – Oh wow, it’s a part two to XO TOUR Llif3. I find it really difficult to say the new lyrics instead of the old ones. I think TM88 is still on the production, but Uzi did a fantastic job closing the album in the same way that he closed out Luv is Rage 2. The flow is quite impressive and the beat is just as good as XO TOUR Llif3.
Final thoughts – I did enjoy listening to this album, even though at points, it was very, very tedious. I’m looking at you, “Renji” section. I didn’t look at Futsal Shuffle 2020 or That Way, mainly because they are both bonus tracks. The overall rollout of this album was tedious and rough, and I think it’s very tough to say if it lived up to the hype. What it did was explore new facets of Lil Uzi Vert, and I think that he did a great job with the album. One small thing: I wish he took the Eternal Atake concept farther than he did, but as I said, it’s good enough.
Verdict – 7.7/10