Stephen Bruner’s, also known as Thundercat, musical career is certainly an interesting one, to say the least, having been involved in various projects, from helping put together Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, to performing as the bassist for thrash/punk band Suicidal Tendencies, as well as releasing his own R&B/electronic albums. If there’s anything we can take from his achievements, it’s that his skill with the bass is unquestionably great, and his latest release Drunk certainly solidifies that.
In comparison to his past works, Drunk seems to be a lot more light-hearted than his previous installments in some parts. Although he has somber songs on the album, there are certain songs that sound almost cheery and happy, some of them being outright silly and hilarious. For instance, “Show You the Way” sounds a lot more like a Marvin Gaye-esqe soul song. “Tokyo,” one of my favorite songs on the album, takes itself the least seriously out of any other song, a quality that usually turns me away. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself laughing uncontrollably when I first heard it. Drunk also has a lot of great features on it, ranging from rap artists like Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa to rock artists like Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins.