18 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Part of blackbear’s initial appeal was his nihilistic storytelling, which stimulated pleasure centers, unleashing a torrent of endorphins on albums like 2015's Help and 2017's digital druglord. But after too many hungover mornings and walks of shame, the nocturnal R&B singer-songwriter realized a change was in order. He documents that path on ANONYMOUS. “It’s about a time where I was struggling to stop doing drugs and I was struggling to stop messing around with so many girls and be a better, healthier person,” he told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe.

blackbear pulls the mask off, revealing the vulnerable human behind the front. “SWEAR TO GOD,” “ITS ALL GONNA BURN,” and “MAKE A MESS” are intense dissections of life and lessons learned. He allows himself room to vent and heal on “HEARTBROKEN” and “LOSING YOU,” all the while giving listeners the deeply felt, spacey R&B blackbear excels at—it’s just coming from a more conscious place.

“I feel very confident, for the first time in my life, that this album will speak to people on a deeper level,” blackbear said. “It's a whole album about growing up and, kind of, 'adulting.' I ordered a decaf coffee the other night, and I was like, ‘Holy crap, I'm an adult.’”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Part of blackbear’s initial appeal was his nihilistic storytelling, which stimulated pleasure centers, unleashing a torrent of endorphins on albums like 2015's Help and 2017's digital druglord. But after too many hungover mornings and walks of shame, the nocturnal R&B singer-songwriter realized a change was in order. He documents that path on ANONYMOUS. “It’s about a time where I was struggling to stop doing drugs and I was struggling to stop messing around with so many girls and be a better, healthier person,” he told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe.

blackbear pulls the mask off, revealing the vulnerable human behind the front. “SWEAR TO GOD,” “ITS ALL GONNA BURN,” and “MAKE A MESS” are intense dissections of life and lessons learned. He allows himself room to vent and heal on “HEARTBROKEN” and “LOSING YOU,” all the while giving listeners the deeply felt, spacey R&B blackbear excels at—it’s just coming from a more conscious place.

“I feel very confident, for the first time in my life, that this album will speak to people on a deeper level,” blackbear said. “It's a whole album about growing up and, kind of, 'adulting.' I ordered a decaf coffee the other night, and I was like, ‘Holy crap, I'm an adult.’”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Rkelly4pres ,

Great Album

Album is great and bear did not dissapoint. Can't recommend this album enough.

Geraldo14 ,

An album of growth

Very impressed by this album and the steps bear is taking forward in both his music and personal life from the content of this album. Grown up and unafraid to admit the wrongs of his past while continuing to move forward in a better direction.

itcitftdt ,

Amazing

Great lyrics and very deep

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