Kid Cudi “Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon”: Album Review

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Rating: 3.6/5

So… Kid Cudi’s back.

To prevent us from forgetting him during the wait for his upcoming album Man on the Moon III, which is set to be released in 2015, Cudi dropped Satellite Flight without warning on Monday. 

“I’m really excited because it is my best work,” Cudi said in an interview with MTV News.

The album opens with the instrumental “Destination: Mother Moon”. This vocal free song is truly a preview of what’s to come in the album – including the other 3 instrumentals. It leads into “Going To The Ceremony” which feels like rock inspired, alternative hip-hop, trip-hop orgasm. Does that make sense? Maybe. But that’s sort of what the entire album feels like – the instrumentals seize your attention and pulls your brain into a strange trance state.

“Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now” is not just an incredibly bold track title – it is a powerful “in your face” song that targets all of the people who trash Cudi but cannot even look him in the eyes. The also seem to suggest a betrayal apparently perpetrated by people who Cudi once held close to his heart. “Truth comes to the light all the time, you can’t hide … thought you were my brother,” he sings as the powerful and cosmic music floods the listener’s ears. This song showcases Cudi’s untimely flow and rhyming ability, that clearly have not degraded as he continues to venture off  to experiment with other genres.

“It’s like a TV show that ends with a cliffhanger,” Cudi explained.

“It seems, no one wants a troubled boy,” Cudi croons in his closing song “Troubled Boy”. Is Cudi the troubled boy that no one wants? I’m not sure – this album elicits a lot of questions, but answers very few of them. Which is understandable as this album was originally meant to merely be an Extended Play, but “it ended up forming a life of its own,” as Cudi put it during his interview with MTV News. “Goodbye,” Cudi whispers right before the track is cut off… I wonder what was coming next?

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