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.’”

SONG
PINK ROLEX
1
2:16
 
HATE MY GUTS
2
2:40
 
DRUG DEALER
3
2:46
 
SWEAR TO GOD
4
2:30
 
MAKE A MESS
5
2:39
 
SICK OF IT ALL
6
2:56
 
CHANGES
7
2:34
 
HIGH1X
8
2:49
 
DOWN
9
2:19
 
BURNT AF
10
3:36
 
HEARTBROKEN
11
2:14
 
1 SIDED LOVE
12
2:50
 
LOSING YOU
13
3:25
 
ITS ALL GONNA BURN
14
3:12
 
DEAD BALLOONS
15
2:10
 
TOO CLOSE
16
2:41
 
DEAD TO ME
17
3:00
 
NYLA
18
4:12
 

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