It honestly seems more than 3 years ago since Earl Sweatshirt's debut project Earl was released, considering everything that has happened to him and Odd Future. But what makes the 3 year gap between Earl and Doris seem most suprising is the immense growth of Earl as an artist...
From a more raspy, dark, multi syllable delivery of lyrics to even producing his own songs (Under the alias randomblackdude) Earl feels his most comfortable musically. With his new style being perfectly flexed on songs like 'Molasses', 'Hive' and 'Centurion', Earl even gets introspective with subjects such as love ('Sunday' with Frank Ocean) and the pressures that have faced him since returning from Somoa ('Chum') and making this very album ('Burgudy').
From beginning to end, the 15 track offering fails to dissapoint any fan of Earl's or of Odd Future's with Earl being lyrically and sonically outstanding throughout. Even when the majority of the song is given to his guest features (Tyler on 'Sasquatch', Sk La' Flaire on 'Pre' and Mac Miller on 'Guild') Earl never seems like a guest on his own album.
The only flaw of this album (and it is a small one) is that most of the songs on the album are under 3 minutes long, and when every song is as amazing as the one before it you sort of think "come on Earl, just one more verse!". However, saying this, no song feels rushed or premature, definitely a case of "less is more".