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The album is a huge departure from his old sound. Take a listen and decide for yourself.  

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Here's what the music critics think.

Glover misjudged. “Awaken, My Love!” should have an asterisk next to it in his discography, indicating that it was an interesting experiment that didn’t pan out. You’ve set yourself up to fail if the contemporary album you send your listeners reaching for to make a comparison is Black Messiah. Glover’s voice isn’t strong enough, his songwriting isn’t as deeply felt—in fact, it’s often banal—and his band doesn’t have the chops.
“California,” the vaguely tropical number that follows “Redbone,” is one of the most immediately irritating songs of the year. The inscrutable accent Glover adopts sounds like the most theatrical moments of Nilsson’s successful novelty song “Coconut.” On “Zombies,” he sings like how the box art for Count Chocula cereal looks.
The album is practically an exercise in camp, and it buckles under the weight of so much confounding artifice. Glover never, ever winks.
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What The Life Of Pablo was trying for with gospel, “Awaken, My Love!” has succeeded at with funk and soul. It is not an antique car with a new paint job, but the redesigned Challenger, a work of modern design that’s damn proud of its heritage, and it offers a beautiful ride. It isn’t quite perfect, still occasionally dropping in the immature self-references without self-awareness that could make his earlier work cringe-inducing (a failed use of fast food as metaphor on “Terrified” briefly sours an otherwise smoothly sweet song). But this time around, the music is breathtaking enough that it comes together as personality rather than flaw, conflict rather than failure. When he pushes his voice it sounds like baring his soul, not the limitation of vocal cords.

Other critics are neutral.

Is "Awaken, My Love!" just a fantastic conceit? There's some evidence of that: The themes of "Baby Boy," which slinks along like an outtake from Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Going On, and the Eddie Hazel-like scratch-guitar instrumental "The Night Me and Your Mama Met," sound as if they could be coming from the mind of Earn Marks, the Princeton dropout, babydaddy and would-be rap manager at the center of Atlanta. Only time will tell if Childish Gambino has remade himself into the post-millennial D'Angelo. But for now, "Awaken, My Love!" is an enthralling trip into the land of funk.
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As for Gambino's fans, some just don't know if they can get into it. 

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Older fans even go as far as to say that Gambino's new album isn't really hip-hop. 

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But others are appreciating the experimentation. 

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The problem is there aren't any bangers. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but this album probably isn't the one to be playing on a car ride with friends. 

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Yet, some fans would rather see the old Childish Gambino back. 

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