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Saba reflects on complexities of life, delivers early AOTY candidate in new album ‘Few Good Things’

Saba reflects on complexities of life, delivers early AOTY candidate in new album ‘Few Good Things’

Saba reflects on complexities of life, delivers early AOTY candidate in new album ‘Few Good Things’
February 10
08:00 2022

In the four years since the release of his sophomore album “Care For Me,” Saba has kept a fairly low profile. Save for a few feature verses and helping orchestrate a collaborative album with his music collective PIVOT Gang, Saba remained relatively quiet since the killing of his cousin Walter Long Jr.. Long Jr.’s death was the inspiration behind Saba’s grief-stricken “Care For Me” album.

Through his latest project, titled “Few Good Things,” Saba makes his musical return with a stronger sense of self and a broader perspective than the artist we encountered in 2018.

On his sophomore album “Care For Me,” Saba wrestled with the pain of anxiety, trauma, and isolation. “Few Good Things” tells a different narrative and sees Saba explore the journey of learning to be content with life, despite how cruel it can be.

Whilst walking the tightrope between bitterness and gratefulness, Saba’s lyrics encourage others to persevere through life and strive forward even when they feel anchored down.

To gain a better understanding, let’s take a closer examination of what each track on “Few Good Things” has to offer and how each song reveals an additional layer into the mind of Saba.

Free Samples

Saba sets the tone of the album on the intro track “Free Samples” with a melodic remembrance of his past and distressed upbringing. The Chicago native examines the contrast between being financially insecure as a child to now being able to provide for his entire family.

As he continues to reach new heights, Saba remains intentional about never becoming too far removed from the soil he grew from. Rating: 4/5

One Way or Every N***a With a Budget

The story of Saba’s financial breakthrough continues on the second track, titled “One Way or Every N***a With a Budget.” In this song, Saba sings about the fortunes he’s made from his music career and how it has blessed him with opportunities he never imagined.

The funky guitar riff and catchy, inspirational hook make the song an easy replay favorite on the album. Rating: 4/5

Survivor’s Guilt

Saba takes a break from the melodic beginning of the album and executes an all-out lyrical blitz on “Survivor’s Guilt.” The rising independent artist dishes two red-hot verses over a drum-laden beat before passing it off to fellow Chicago native and rapper G-Herbo for closing remarks.

‘Survivor’s Guilt’ will likely be remembered as the first exclamation point on a strong album overall. Rating: 5/5

An Interlude Called ‘Circus’

The sole interlude on the project, “Circus” sees Saba pair up with singer-songwriter Eryn Allen Kane as he reflects on the bliss and contentment he felt before the fame.

The song begins with Saba citing, “Chillin’ on the westside, everything was perfect. Back in 2012, before our record hit the surface.”

Saba again refuses to let his newfound fame blur the vision of his true self and relishes in the not-so-distant past of enjoying his youth in Chicago. Rating: 5/5

Fearmonger

Saba picks up the tempo on the next track “Fearmonger” and raps about the crippling effects of fear. The Chicago lyricist states that everyone is gripped by the fear of something and talks about how a fear of lack and mediocrity fuels him to excel in life. Rating: 4/5

Come My Way

“Come My Way” continues the theme of being content with life and all that comes with it as Saba repeats the phrase “we’ll be good” throughout as he recounts all the obstacles he’s overcome. Rating: 5/5

Still

On “Still,” Saba is joined by R&B artist 6LACK and Saint Louis-born hip hop star Smino to create a smooth, soulful track to emphasize the album’s median.

The talented trio bounces off each other perfectly and the song’s harmonization is too good to score it anything less than perfect. Rating 5/5

A Simpler Time

Saba once again slows the tempo on ‘a Simpler Time’ as he considers the busy lifestyle of being famous and deeply ponders what the future has in store for him. Rating 5/5

Soldier

On “Soldier,” Saba teams up with his music collective PIVOT Gang to create a soulful track about navigating through life even when you feel unsure. Rating 5/5

If I Had a Dollar

Saba recounts some of his past shortcomings on this track, stating that if he had a dollar for every time that he failed, he’d be rich. The Chicago artist also highlights the silver linings of failure and acknowledges how they have helped mold him into who he is today.

The melodious tone and inspirational hook make this stand out as one of the better songs of the album. Rating 5/5

Stop That

Following a few slow, smooth tracks, Saba picks up the pace on “Stop That” and reminds fans of his superb lyrical and storytelling ability. Clocking in at just over two minutes long, this song is the perfect example of short and sweet. Rating 5/5

Make Believe

On “Make Believe,” Saba pens a letter to his mother about his ascension to the bright lights of Hollywood and how lonely life on the road can be.

As Saba sings, “Look, Ma, I made it, it’s like we dreamed. Look, Ma, I made it, it’s make believe” to his mother on the chorus, you can feel the pain he feels realizing that his massive success can’t quite remedy the pain of being separated from his loved ones. Rating 5/5

2012

A year that many thought would be the end of the world, Saba instead finds comfort in the year 2012 on this reminiscent tune. The transparency of  Saba is on full display throughout as he lists the reasons that 2012 was one of the happiest times in his life. Rating: 5/5

Few Good Things

The title of the final track, “Few Good Things,” matches the album title and helps drive home the theme of accepting the highs and lows of life that Saba established throughout the project. With the help of hip-hop legend Black Thought, Saba paints a powerful image of how overwhelmingly cruel yet stunningly beautiful life can be. Rating 5/5

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