East Atlanta Love Letter by 6lack
"I've streamed this album so many times that I'm honestly waiting for an email from Apple Music, asking if I'm OK. I've been a fan of 6lack's voice for a while, and on East Atlanta Love Letter, he — for lack of a better word — snapped. From the album's slick and soulful title track to up-tempo bangers like 'Switch,' strung together with empowering interludes from women, it was one of the few that I listened to all the way through this year. Because one my favorite musical genres is Men Realizing They're Trash and Trying Desperately to Atone For Their Sins, I appreciate the Atlanta singer's take on owning up to his mistakes and dealing with the fallout of a messy breakup; one of the tracks I love most is 'Sorry,' on which 6lack admits fault in a relationship and attempts to crawl back to his lady, even acknowledging, 'I guess I gotta learn my lesson.'
On 'Seasons,' 6lack and Khalid look for the light at the end of the tunnel, and the final track 'Stan' may quite possibly be one of the most beautiful songs I've heard; truly a modern-day 'I Will Always Love You' that I maintain would be perfect for walking down the aisle and getting it on with your other half. East Atlanta Love Letter was just that; a perfectly-packaged love letter and palate cleanser after months of men behaving badly." — Britt Stephens, content director